Nonprofit leader Kris Murray on connecting young people with art professionals 

Murray is the executive director of Young Audiences of Northern California, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that connects young people with working professionals in music and visual art, among other genres. A gala was held Thursday at the Walt Disney Museum in the Presidio.

Why is it important to expose young people to all different forms of art? Arts education links to high math and reading [scores], and that’s across socio-economic status.

How do you do it? We work with 84 artists, from 39 discrete cultures and every imaginable artistic discipline — some are Grammy nominees, others have performed on Lincoln Center stage. We support artists living and working in the Bay Area by providing them a place and a vehicle in which to work. And they can allow the legacy to live on as they give access to children to their art form.

How many programs have you brought to the BayArea? We are in all nine counties of the Bay Area and we bring practicing artists in to the classroom of 180,000 students.

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