Resolution J242-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Young Audiences of Western New York



  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Young Audi-
ences of Western New York

WHEREAS,  It is the custom of this Legislative Body to call attention to
organizations which devote their  time  and  energies  to  the  cultural
enrichment of the Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate the 50th Anniversary of Young Audiences of Western New York; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  Young Audiences of Western New York will host
its second annual "Young Audiences Goes  To  Town"  gala  on  Wednesday,
October 10, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Young Audiences of Western New York's mission is to make the
arts a part of young people's lives in order to enhance  their  develop-
ment  as creative and productive human beings; it offers assembly, work-
shop and long term residency programs with professional artists, commit-
ted to their craft, and using it as a tool for creative learning; and
  WHEREAS, Art forms include music, multi-media  arts,  theater,  dance,
and visual and literary arts; it provides services in the eight counties
of  Western New York, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie,
Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming; and
  WHEREAS, In 1962, the local affiliate of Young Audiences  was  founded
by  Buffalo  Philharmonic  Orchestra musician Laurence Trott, along with
several philanthropically and educationally minded individuals,  includ-
ing  Aline  Gunzberg  and  Helen  Yasgur; the parent organization, Young
Audiences, Inc., had also been revived by a musician  and  his  benefac-
tors; and
  WHEREAS, Yehudi Menuhin, the violinist and conductor, had come up with
the  idea  in 1950; with the help of supporters, by the mid-1950s, there
were affiliates in New York City, Baltimore,  Philadelphia  and  Boston;
today, there are 30 Young Audiences affiliates across the country; and
  WHEREAS, Young Audiences initially focused on bringing classical musi-
cians  and  performances  to  schoolchildren  in urban districts; in its
first year, Young Audiences of Western New York provided 500 programs to
over 75,000 children; by 1982, 20 years into its existence, Young  Audi-
ences  of  Western  New York diversified its offerings to include all of
the art forms, and offered workshops, residencies and assembly programs;
  WHEREAS, Today, Young Audiences of Western New York presents  hundreds
of  individual  programs,  plus  dozens of residencies, wherein teaching
artists provide  schoolchildren,  their  educators  and  families,  with
multi-disciplinary,  multi-session  education  through  the  arts; these
residencies create meaningful  connections  between  artists  and  young
people  that  might  otherwise not be exposed to the arts specially arts
integrated into school curricula; and
  WHEREAS, The artists on the Young  Audiences  of  Western  New  York's
roster  are committed to their art, and using it as a tool for learning;
art forms include many  genres  of  music,  multi-media  arts,  theater,
dance, and visual and literary arts; and
  WHEREAS,  Reaching  over seven million school children every year, the
Young Audiences network received the National Medal of Arts in 1994;  in
2002,  the organization was the recipient of the National Conference for
Community and Justice Brother/Sisterhood  Award  in  the  Arts  and  the
Commitment  to  Education Award from the Buffalo Alliance for Education;
  WHEREAS, While the mission of Young  Audiences  of  Western  New  York
teaches  young  people  not  only to see and appreciate art, but to also

participate and understand the arts in context of the world in  general,
and their lives specifically; and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to  our  atten-
tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Young Audiences of Western New York;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Cynnie Gaasch, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Western
New York.


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