Young Audiences evolved out of the concern of arts patron, Nina Wood Collier, that young people were completing school and spending their lives without ever experiencing a live performance by a professional musician. She proceeded to organize the Young Musician Series in 1950, which included 20 programs in Baltimore City schools.
Over the next 57 years, Young Audiences of Maryland expanded its program offerings to include most artistic disciplines and serve every county in Maryland. Young Audiences works with more than 100 professional performing and visual artists who offer live performances, hands-on workshops, and customized artist-in-residence programs to 300,000 Maryland youth. Young Audiences programs do more than provide high quality, live entertainment. They enliven school curriculum, increase students’ interest in school, break down divisive cultural barriers, and expand the horizons of our disadvantaged youth.