Our Mission and History
Our mission is to use art, in all of its forms, as a catalyst for exploring creativity and advancing equity among youth, families, and communities in New York City.
Young Audiences New York was founded in 1952 to bring live performances (specifically, chamber music concerts) to children in their own schools and neighborhoods. Since the 1970s, we have expanded our programming to focus on the artistry of our participants. We offer children opportunities to create alongside professional teaching artists, explore their own creative paths, and engage their families in the art-making process.
Nearly 70 years later, Young Audiences New York upholds this commitment to providing access and opportunity – and to redistributing financial resources – for the many young artists living in New York City’s culturally rich yet under-served communities.