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

About YANC

Young Audiences of Northern California makes art happen in schools and community venues every day.  Working closely with a roster of world-class community-based Teaching Artists, we serve children and young adults, pre-school through high school, their teachers and families, in both public and private schools as well as in community and after-school settings. All Young Audiences of Northern California programs are artistically excellent, educationally sound, interactive, and relevant to the diverse populations of the Bay Area.

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

Our Beliefs
We at Young Audiences of Northern California want to make and live in communities where each voice is honored and where individuals and communities are visible to one another.  

We believe that in a thriving community, every child makes art as a means of self-discovery and self-expression

We believe that engaging with the arts gives all individuals and children building blocks to make meaning out of their experiences, teaches us to connect with others in and beyond our own communities, and transforms the way that young people think. 

We believe that deeply engaging, hands-on experience with art in all its diverse expressions is the best way to achieve this vision.Our vision is that comprehensive, systemic and sequential arts programs are an essential element in every child’s education and are offered to all children, from pre-school through high school, during the school day, after school and in their communities.

Our Vision for the Future
In our image of the future,  Young Audiences of Northern California has the necessary resources—a diverse well-trained staff, board and volunteer corps, funding, infrastructure and facilities— to achieve its vision of building and living in communities where each voice is honored and where individuals and communities are visible to one another.  

These essential arts programs are enthusiastically supported by national, state and local leaders, school district personnel, teachers, parents, artists, funders, businesses and all who care about children and our future.

History of Young Audiences of Northern California
Young Audiences has been serving Bay Area students since 1958. Young Audiences of Northern California is part of a national network of 30 affiliates that collectively make up the largest arts education organization in the United States. In 2004, Young Audiences of San José & Silicon Valley merged with Young Audiences of the Bay Area to become Young Audiences of Northern California.