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Performances

Through a balance of demonstration and audience participation, captivating live performances by Young Audiences artists challenge students to think creatively. Performances lasting 45 minutes entertain and engage up to 300 students in an auditorium, gymnasium or other large group setting. Young Audiences represents a roster of over 65 musicians, singers, dancers, actors, poets, storytellers and visual artists.

"Young Audiences allows Kumbuka to reach future artists and arts lovers."

- Ausettua Amor Amenkum
  Artistic Director, Kumbuka African Dance Ensemble


Performance Offerings

 

Students will learn about poetry, rhyming words, the history of sno balls and their unique existence in southeast Louisiana. Students will also learn how McConduit became an author and about the importance of ideas, reading, and writing in everyday life.
 

Artist: Carl LeBlanc
Carl LeBlanc performs slections that illustrate Black America's legacy of music as a vehicle toward freedom. Gospel hymns, anthems from the civil rights movement and melodies of racial pride are the focus of this inspirational program.
 

A New Orleans jazz band that incorporates pop, rock, R&B, traditional children songs, and holiday songs.
 

This musical production raises awareness about the R-word and how hurtful words and disrespect can affect people with intellectual disabilities.
 

Artist: Donald Lewis
Students travel the world and learn enchanting international stories. Rolicking fun abounds as Donald Lewis becomes each character in these world stories, with voices so diverse the students will hardly believe they came from one man!
 

Celebrate and explore cultural diversity with stories shared from Adella Adella the Storyteller's vast supply of world tales, myths and legends. This program is a passport to fun featuring a geography quiz show.
 

Rebecca Frank can create storytelling, performance, and movement events specific to any theme, and creates works for all age groups, starting with pre-K through elementary school age.
 

Choose from one of the many fun and exciting stories these puppets can tell!
 

Roscoe C. Reddix, Jr. shares lessons from Africa and around the world through stories, songs, and movement. Talking animals, animate objects, and mystical folk abound in stories that expand cultural awareness, enhance school culture, and provide life lessons culled from the wisdom of ages.
 

Roscoe C. Reddix, Jr. shares lessons from Africa and around the world through stories, songs, and movement. Talking animals, animate objects, and mystical folk abound in stories that expand cultural awareness, enhance school culture, and provide life lessons culled from the wisdom of ages.
 

Roscoe C. Reddix, Jr. shares lessons from Africa and around the world through stories, songs, and movement. Talking animals, animate objects, and mystical folk abound in stories that expand cultural awareness, enhance school culture, and provide life lessons culled from the wisdom of ages.
 

Artist:
Calliope Puppets re-invents their highly successful show on wetlands preservation to motivate individual responsibility in care of our world with dynamic hand puppets, lively music and thoughtful audience participation.
 

Designed for grades K-3, The Littlest House uses Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s story of a lonely old house that is nearly overwhelmed by neglect and urbanization.
 

A former journalist shares her road to becoming an author, explaining the steps of book design, illustration and production. Includes investigative skills to make book material accurate and answer the 5 W's of story development.
 

This journey through 19th and 20th Century New Orleans focuses on the musical contributions of free people of color to opera and classical music. Opera had a great influence on Jazz fathers like Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.
 

Students will join the artists in creating musical phrases with their hands and feet, as they learn how to improvise through "body percussion" and sing along with some of the popular songs that inspired dancers of the past.
 

Designed to spark readiness through stories, song and rhymes, this program is sure to excite emerging readers!
 

Internationally renowned singer Topsy Chapman brings her enchanting voice to students in her native Louisiana performing traditional and modern jazz, and African American and traditional gospel.
 

A thrilling, percussive dance performance celebrating the traditions of the gaucho or Argentine Cowboy. This performance engages the audience and also encourages participation.
 

Voices of the Big Easy encompass much of the finest that New Orleans has to offer. This fusion group combines the vivid insightful poetry of Chuck Perkins with rhythms and sounds that have been part of New Orleans for generations.
 
 
 
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Latest News
Young Audiences of Louisiana presents the 8th Annual Dancing For the Arts
October 18, 2017

The 8th Annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts gala will be held at The Civic Theatre on Friday, December 1 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.


GPOA Foundation Awards Young Audiences of Louisiana with Grant to Fund Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summer Initiative.
March 10, 2017

GPOA Foundation Awards Young Audiences of Louisiana with Grant to Fund Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summer Initiative.


Young Audiences of Louisiana Receives Arts Council New Orleans Community Arts Grant
March 8, 2017

Arts Council New Orleans Community Arts Grant Videography Professional Development Program


Young Audiences of Louisiana Expands Free Baby Artsplay!™ Program To Eight Cultural Institutions Throughout New Orleans With Support from The Helis Foundation
March 7, 2017

Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) in partnership with The Helis Foundation announced plans to expand their successful early learning program, Baby Artsplay!™, to eight cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans.


Young Audiences will Host more than 150 Events across the US in Celebration of National Young Audiences Week
February 16, 2017

Young Audiences Arts for Learning will Host more than 150 Events and Programs across the US in Celebration of National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, April 9–April 22, 2017.




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