Young Artists Initiative - YAI 2016!
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Transforming lives through theater: empowering youth to achieve at the highest levels; learning, growing & exceeding their own expectations.

2016 will be YAI’s 13th season of signature, high quality youth arts programming on Saint Paul’s East Side. You can help make that effort even stronger!

YAI grew out of two Saint Paul arts educators’ desire to provide excellent theater opportunities to young people whose economic situations may prevent them from accessing such creative endeavors. We are a small, all-volunteer company that does BIG work, and it is our mission and our level of quality that draws local artists and families to work with us.

As our families and actors will attest, four qualities distinguish YAI from other youth performing groups: our commitment to kids – not just the production; our commitment to learning – this threads through our organization, from our board to our adult artists to our youth; our commitment to excellence – not just a "good job"; and our undying passion for what we do.  This is why we’re still around for our 13th season.

YAI is an all-volunteer organization of committed individuals — educators, artists, alumni parents, and community members — who continue to support and grow the work of YAI, carrying forward the mission of the organization and ensuring the highest quality experiences for the young artists in YAI’s charge. YAI’s founders were awarded the 2009 Ordway Center Education Award for Community Commitment. Since its inception, YAI has produced more than 30 full-scale theatrical shows, including plays, musicals, and even interactive theater. 

In 2015, you helped our young performers bring two amazing performances to the Saint Paul stage: THE SNOW QUEEN and INTO THE WOODS, JR.  Make an investment in 2016's young people as we present Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE WIZARD OF OZ!






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