Expanded Arts Access

Extending the Reach of Arts Education

Expanded Arts Access Programming brings accessible and inspiring arts learning opportunities to young people who would otherwise not be reached, from special needs populations in hospitals; hospital schools and homeless shelters; to at-risk students in under-served schools that lack day-time arts instructors. YAMA staff works closely with site-partners to develop or adapt programming that meets the unique needs of each student population.

Our free and subsidized programming includes:

  • Performance Programs – Our standard offerings for schools and other learning centers tailored for learners with special needs

  • Year-long Residency Programs – Weekly, hour-long, hands-on workshops for sites that lack access to regular in-school arts programming

  • Custom Residencies – Progressive, hands-on workshops building toward a culminating event or completed work,  arts learning residencies can be customized to introduce a specific art form or as a special project to us an art form to meet a specific learning objective.

Expanding Horizons Through Music

Our literacy-through-music residency program which helps to close the kindergarten-preparedness gap for homeless and impoverished children attending urban preschools.

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Friday Arts at Gardner Pilot Academy

A series of yearlong, weekly arts learning residencies in dance, music, theater and storytelling that provide standards-based, student-centered, direct arts instruction for the entire student body of this Title I Boston Public School in Allston with no full-time arts instructors on staff.

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Healing Arts For Kids

The founding initiative of Healing Arts for Kids provides residencies, workshops, and performances for acutely and chronically ill children, physically and cognitively challenged children, disadvantaged children, and special education populations in schools, hospital schools, hospitals and other healing centers.

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An artist-in-residency program in which high school students at under-served schools learn to perform true personal stories from their lives for their peers. Residencies culminate in school-wide “Story Slam” competitions, and winners go on to compete at the citywide level. This program prepares students to write personal essays and perform strongly in job interviews. Now available for middle school students throughout Massachusetts.

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Yearlong Arts Learning Residencies

Our yearlong arts learning residency programs at underserved schools bring weekly, hour-long, sequential, fully-inclusive workshop sessions and performance opportunities to students at risk.

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All Healing Arts for Kids and Expanded Arts Access programs are supported through the generosity of foundations and individual donors. Help us expand arts access in Massachusetts.