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Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.
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Thanks, for your continued support!
  
 

Our New Project:
Establishing 'Open Air Graffiti Art Galleries'. Such famous cities as Los Angeles, CA, St. Petersburg, FL and Milton Keynes, UK has expressed interest. Click
here or see our 'Graffiti Art' link. Share your thoughts? Our potential sponsors would love to know your thoughts.
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2014 YPAs, Inc. Showcase of Young Talent 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
11am- 1pm, Free- Donations accepted
Wildwood Country Resort
5604 Heritage Boulevard, Wildwood, FL  34785
For more information click here :  visit 'stuff for young artists' page or youngartists@aol.com
                  Featuring:  Dancers, Vocalists, Instrumentalists
Mini-Scholarships sponsored in part by: The Villages Showcase of Talent Club, Joe & Diana Arlt,

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Etta Johnson Huff graduated from the Sumter Leadership 2013 Class as the YPAs, Inc. representative during a ceremony and dinner, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Waterford Inn, The Villages, FL.  Leadership is sponsored by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.
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RHEAP 2013


Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. presented the 2013 Royal Historical Enrichment & Art Program (RHEAP) Holiday Break Feeding & Activities Program. The program consisted of workshops led by Sumter professionals and professional artists from Sumter Arts Guild. For images, see our creative solutions page. Pictured above: one of the young participants. 

For RHEAP Spring Break 2014 Program registration form:
click here

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COMMUNITY OF ROYAL ON TV!

Part 1 of the Florida Crossroads Documentary Florida’s Black Heritage Trail : The Central Florida Region features the Community Of Royal, one of Florida's oldest African American communities where the freed slaves' descendants still own their 40 Acres & A A Mule.

The documentary is archived: to view Florida’s Black Heritage Trail: The Central Florida Region  visit http://thefloridachannel.org/programs-coverage/florida-crossroads   
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MLK 2014

 
Pictured: Left: Steele, some of the student participants, Christyne Hamilton, Special Advisor to LSSC President. Right: Kandia Towns, YPAs, Inc. vocalist member, after singing 'Lift Every Voice & Sing'.
During the recent Equity and Diversity Committee of Lake-Sumter State College’s Annual MLK Student Literary contests, Sumter County student participants placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd and were awarded cash awards. Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc., the lead collaborators for the Sumter MLK 13 initiative.
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Possible new Boys & Girls Club site at the Alonzo A. Young, Sr. Enrichment & Historical Center. This will be the only B&G club within Sumter County and a good thing for the children, if funded. This is our collaborative project in the Community of Royal, Sumter County, FL. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Arts Integration at WMHS!

"GEM" (Grade-level-wide Enrichment Model) is christened the WMHS arts integration program. What is arts integration? Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning across content areas in which students experience, demonstrate, and deepen understandings through the arts. This project was introduced to Sumter District Schools and supported by Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. Click here, for flier and press release click here.
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VSA Inclusion-Very Special Art for very special students!

Pictured: Ms. Mary Debose, Workshop Leader. YPAs, Inc. and VSAFL has presented 'Musical Art' to the students, with varying disabilities, at South Sumter High School and Wildwood Middle High School. Ms. Debose is a VSA Teaching Artist. VSA Teaching Artist info. Become a VSA Teaching Artist, apply here.

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Honoring the life of the Late Rudy Bennett, who was hailed as the Michael Jordan of the International Basketball Association and was a tremendous visual artist, died. Rudy Bennett, whose artwork ignited a passion for 'the Arts' in our YPAs' organization founder's being, died. We now praise famous men and women, such as Rudy Bennett, God has manifested in them great glory and talents from the beginning. Click here, for more information and visit: www.RudyBennett.com.
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 Steele, Our Founder, receives the Sumter County 2011 Community Hero Award hosted by the 2011 Sumter Leadership class and presented by the Sumter County Chamber. Click here, for more information.
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Steele, receives the Florida Alliance For Arts Education 2011 Business Leadership award. Click here, for more information. At the award ceremony luncheon (L-R): Jennifer Coolidge, Ex. Dir., Museum of Florida Art & FAAE President; Frank T. Brogan, Chanellor State University System of Florida, Steele, and other awardees. For more info, Click here.
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Steele & other YPAs, Inc. volunteers received certificates of completiton!
In agreement with Partners for Livable Communities (PLC) the Florida League of Cities has hosted five regional workshops. The workshops brought together city officials, staff, business leaders, representatives from the arts and cultural sector and leaders of local and regional foundations, as well as other city stakeholders to discuss and strategize how the arts and culture resources in the area can be utilized to promote economic development, revitalize cities and neighborhoods, create jobs and assist at-risk citizens. For more info, click here.

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YPAs, Inc. touching Nigerian Children Lives!

Pictured: Once again, Dr. Sonya Armstrong, YPAs, Inc. BOD, traveled to Nigeria Africa to participate in a conference on how to teach children with autism. Dr. Armstrong combined Math and 'the Arts' for her March 2013 demonstrations. YPAs, Inc. continues touching young people, across the world, with 'The Arts'.  More than 2000 in attendance. Click here, for more information.
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Community of Royal

One of Florida's oldest African American communities- Formed in 1865 by slaves from the 'Old Green Plantation' beside the Withlacoochee River, Royal is located 5 miles west of Wildwood, FL. For more information visit: www.CommunityOfRoyal.org.
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THANK YOU! To all our sponsors and supporters!

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For more scholarships and other opportunities for young artists see our Stuff for Young artists page.

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Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc. encourages the young artists of today who will keep the "Arts" of tomorrow alive! Assisting those who will make "The Arts" their life's worth and work!


Be-friend us:
www.facebook.com/YoungPerformingArtists

Follow us: 
www.twitter.com/youngperformart 

See us:
http:youtu.be/PzfunzcdlHg

     

Laney Jones, 22, a YPAs, Inc. Vocalist Alum is attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was selected by Berklee to represent them at the Kennedy Center at a Master's Section Class where she was mentored by Allison Krauss. It will be aired on PBS in the near future and Laney will be showcased in the special. She has now written over 70 songs and has published 2 CD's.
Read more on our 'Stuff For Young Artists' page...
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WEDU is pleased to announce that Whitany Lewis, a YPAs, Inc, member & volunteer, is recognized as an individual, under the age of 21, who has distinguished herself in the community directly accredited to their inspiration, dedication, motivation, or acts of kindness.  The top candidates that have achieved the most votes via an online poll will be further researched by an impartial judging panel to decide the ultimate winner.  The awards luncheon will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2014 at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, FL 33634.

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             Wildwood Elementary School 
Open House featuring the
Conch Fritters, August 27, 2013:
   Co sponsors:  YPAs, Inc.

                     

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Kandia Towns Vocalist Member
 
                                              
click stuff for young artists page;
to get a listen or visit youtube.

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Pictured: Phil Scarpelli (Talk Show Host of Impact); Steele (YPAs, Inc. Founder); Ti'China Simmons (YPAs, Inc. vocalist member) after taping the Impact Show.
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'GOLF FOR ART' 2014
Click
here to join us during our 5th Annual Golf For Art Tournament, Saturday, March 8, 2014, Continental Country Club.          

   NFL Superstar, Darrell Jackson, join him in the game.
     
'GOLF FOR ART' 2013
Scholarships and Golf!

YPAs, Inc. awarded scholarships during their recent 4th Annual Golf For Art golf tournament. Pictured is the 1st team (L-R) : Leroy Bisby, Earl Curry, Donald Bisbee and Bill Hopson.
For more information, click here.

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1st Team

            
         
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School Cultural Art Education & Awareness program 2013-2014
(For School age children only.)

                  

2013-2014 program planned activities: 
1) Caribbean Sound Steel Band In the Round Showcase. 

And

2)"Aesop's Dinosaur Fable" featuring magical 9 feet tall puppets.

Annually, the program serves 4000 school age children. 
SPONSORS NEEDED!

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Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.
9060 County Road 231
Wildwood, FL  34785
352-748-2008
352-748-1536 (fax)
youngartists@aol.com
www.facebook.com/YoungPerformingArtists
http://youtu.be/PzfunzcdlHg
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