Our mission is to create arts experiences that inspire young people, expand learning, and enliven communities.


Young Audiences of Northern California (YANC) is the Bay Area’s premier provider of arts education services. Since 1958, Young Audiences has been connecting students with practicing, professional artists for artistically excellent and educationally effective art programming.

Our 54 teaching artists work in all four arts disciplines—music, theater, visual art, and dance—and offer performance demonstrations and long-term, hands-on residencies. Last year we reached 26,000 students in grades K-12 across the 9 counties of the Bay Area.  

Young Audiences of Northern California is part of the Young Audiences National Network, an organization of 30 affiliates across the United States who together form the oldest and largest arts education organization in the country.

What's Happening Right Now?

Happy New School Year!  The first day of school will soon be upon us. Give us a call here at YANC and let's kick-off your Fall by scheduling some energizing, empowering, engrossing programming for your students. Need a brainstorming boost? Check out our Intergrating Arts Guide to inspire some thoughts on what might work best for your curriculum.

Arts Wikis  Save the dates for our new Professional Development series, with a snazzy new name: Arts Wiki! Why Arts Wiki? Like a wiki website that allows many users to create and update information, our new Arts Wiki series serves as a vehicle for the YANC Teaching Artist network to share information and learn from each other. Join us for one, or keep coming back for all four, and don’t forget to bring your laptop!

Backstage at YANC:  Come see what’s up with an exclusive behind-our-scenes view! Join us for a brief, hour-long introduction to our work.  Learn what we do, meet the staff, and experience first-hand the work of one of our master artists. Contact our Development Manager here to join the next Backstage at YANC tour.