TOArts Youth Arts Leadership Academy

The TOArts Youth Arts Leadership Academy is an eight-month program at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center open to high school and collegiate students. Over the course of the program, you will explore a wide array of professions under the arts umbrella and engage with the community as artists and critical thinkers, while also refining the personal skills needed to succeed in this industry.

The goals of this program are to nurture the development of well-rounded students and explore performing and visual arts as well as arts administration careers with industry professionals, all while working together to create a capstone community event conceptualized, designed, and executed by YOU the students. This program will present an inspiring mixture of what’s possible in the world of the arts and inherent skill-building, all anchored with real-world application.

Stay tuned for information on applying for our next cohort, beginning in Fall 2024.

YALA Year 1 Retrospective

The First YALA cohort organized a free arts festival on the lawns of the Civic Arts Plaza for their capstone. The festival was complete with food trucks, small business arts vendors, visual arts displays, live performances and even a create station manned by Art Trek. They managed a budget, communicated with vendors, identified necessary licenses, stage-managed and emceed the lineup of diverse talent, and even performed themselves! An estimated 500 people enjoyed this festival and we are incredibly proud of what this cohort accomplished.

2023-24 YALA Meeting Schedule

Session 1 – Welcome, Introductions, Program Orientation & Financial Management – November 16

Session 2 – Project Management, Production Operations, and Social Marketing – December 14

Session 3 – Theatre & Live Event Production – January 18

Session 4 – Visual Artist & Writing Artist Development – February 15

Session 5 – Polishing a Show – March 21

Session 6 – Capstone Event Production Planning & Production Logistics – April 18

Session 7 – Capstone Logistics & Operations – May 9

Capstone Event – Week of May 20

Session 8 – Wrap-Up & College Admissions/Industry Panel – June 6

For additional information email or call (805) 449-2710

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