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Eric George & Tyler Bolles at First Day of School

Young Tradition Vermont renewed is annual tradition of supporting performers for the 1st Day of School celebration at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington on 8/28/19.  A beautiful start on a beautiful morning with students, student families and staff.  Thanks to Kevin Robinson (principal) and Emily Titterton (arts coach) for keeping the tradition going.

As part of an effort to expand and intensify its education outreach, Young Tradition Vermont (YTV) has a public school partnership at the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA) at H.O. Wheeler School since the 2014/2015 school year. We collaborate on a variety traditional music and dance activities, with YTV contributing a variety of financial, personnel and expertise resources. YTV’s Instrument Petting Zoo is stored in the music classroom, which allows for access to all instruments for instruction at IAA. Visiting artists associated with YTV do presentations during Friday Town Meeting approximately once a month. YTV sponsors several before and after school programs, such as African drumming with Ismael Bangoura, Ukulele with Brian Perkins, World Music Singing with Sophia Donforth, and Fiddle Tunes Club with Mark Sustic and Joe Cleary. YTV has organized and supported a variety of residencies (e.g. a dance residency with Mary Wesley, part of an attempt to link music and dance activities with a New Neighbors curriculum that was developed in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center). YTV has helped support the Nepali Cultural Heritage Group with rehearsal space at the school and present a cultural heritage celebration for the Nepali community at the school. Scholarships are available for IAA students to attend YTV’s annual Trad Camp in July. We helped start One Sings, a program that uses music linked to cultural groups in the Old North End to encourage singing by classroom teachers with the students. YTV has helped provide funding support for many of these activities, and linkages with other funding sources, including the Vermont Folklife Center, the Greene Fiddle Loan Program, the Nelson Family Foundation, the Turrell Fund, and the Vermont Community Foundation. Additional support is provided by the school’s PTO and individuals who support these activities. Successes at IAA has inspired YTV to expand to other public schools, in addition to sustaining and building on what is being accomplished at IAA.