2015 Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Peter Tolias, MASTA Liaison to MYAF
Michigan Youth Arts
Michigan Youth Arts is an alliance that develops, recognizes and advocates excellence in
arts education for all. Its partners include statewide education organizations across all artistic
disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, media arts, music composition, theatre,
visual arts, and vocal music. The strength of its combined efforts enables Michigan Youth Arts to
produce excellent educational opportunities for students, and to advocate for best practices in,
and equal access to, arts education throughout Michigan.
53rd Michigan Youth Arts Festival – May 7-9, 2015 – Kalamazoo
The Michigan Youth Arts Festival is a comprehensive arts spectacular, culminating a nine-
month search for the finest artistic talent in Michigan high schools. More than 250,000 students
across the state are involved in the selection process that results in nearly 1,000 being invited to
participate in the annual three-day event. At the Festival, exceptional students in the arts gather
to explore, celebrate, and showcase their talent across all artistic disciplines.
The 2015 Festival takes place from May 7-9, 2015, and features more than 50 interactive,
hands-on, educational rehearsals, workshops and master classes taught by renowned
professional guest artists and clinicians!
Nearly 20 concert recitals, live theatre performances, visual art exhibitions and film festivals
are an integral part of the Festival experience. This year’s featured guest orchestra at the Gala
Concert will be the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony with conductor John Varineau.
Parents, educators, students and supporters of the arts are invited to attend and enjoy the
Festival – all performances and exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, go
I Am Arts Education
To encourage parents, students, teachers and citizens to support the arts in K-12 schools,
Michigan Youth Arts has launched its “I Am Arts Education” campaign. Visit the campaign
website to browse videos of students who have benefited from the arts programs in their schools,
and find out how you can help to promote arts education in your area!
Join the Conversation – Visit Michigan Youth Arts Online!