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Young Artists Initiative

YAI provides high quality performing arts programming, teaching and developing young artists on St. Paul’s East Side, through:Access -- Increasing opportunities for young artists and audiencesExcellence -- Encouraging youth to perform and achieve at the highest possible levelExceeding expectations -- Empowering youth to increase their confidence, learn about their creative potential, and exceed their own and our audiences’ expectations for artistic achievementRespect and acceptance -- Honoring every young person for who he/she is.Community -- Working with shared values, we build community among participants and families through our programsTransforming lives through theater!

Arts, Culture and Humanities

Communications, including drafting content for social media and newsletters, and website design/updating

Community outreach, organizing efforts to expand YAI's contacts with our community on Saint Paul's East Side

Attend board meetings that are held once a month for 1.5 hours. The board conducts a self-review in May-June and an annual retreat in January. Show up and represent YAI at shows, events, etc. YAI's participants, audiences, and families have noted that they appreciate how visible and approachable the board is in its involvement with every aspect of YAI. You can expect to commit an average of 2-6 hours per month outside of monthly meetings for governance and project duties. Commitments increase during productions and special events.

We are a governing board, though we all wear other volunteer hats, such as committee chair, event helper, box office manager. With a staff of one in place for the last year (after 14 years as an all-volunteer, founder-led organization) we are used to being hands-on, but learning to delegate and focus on governance.

Barbara Deming
YAI Board Chair
(651) 253-9232

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