Dancing with the Reading Stars – Voting Opens Today!

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education will be hosting Dancing with the Reading Stars on April 27, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601. Inspired by the hit television show, this Berks County event is filled with fun and showcases “stars” from across the community. Together, they will dance and raise money to further the positive impact of the arts in education and the development of community in […]

Broadway Jr.: Mary Poppins Jr.

Based on your votes, this year’s Broadway Jr. is…. Mary Poppins, Jr.!  Registration for Broadway Jr. opens soon! Participating Broadway Jr. performers will train in dance, voice, and acting. The 3-week course culminates in a fully staged production in a professional theater space. About Mary Poppins, Jr.: A musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and […]

The Yocum Institute: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

For eighty-four years, the Yocum Institute has been a staple in Berks County, impacting the lives of generations of students and their families. Established in 1934 by Chester Wittell as the Wyomissing Institute of Fine Arts, originally located at 824 Penn Avenue, “the Institute,” as it is affectionately known, opened its doors with only three […]

You Decide: Broadway Jr. 2018

It’s almost time to register for Broadway Jr. and we need your help! That’s right, this year the show is up to you. Cast a vote for your top choice and help decide the fate of Broadway Jr. 2018! The choices: THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY, JR By TIMOTHY A. McDONALD, JONATHAN K. WALLER […]

Congratulations to the Jr/Sr High School Exhibit Winners!

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education was pleased to host the 2018 Annual Junior and Senior High School Juried Art Exhibit on Sunday. The Opening Reception was held on January 21, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM with an award ceremony at 2:45 PM. Each year, the Yocum Institute for Arts Education welcomes aspiring young […]

Welcome, Leigh Grant!

The Yocum Institute is so pleased to welcome Leigh Grant to the Dance Department! As a dancer, Ms. Grant brings 34 years of training, performance, and teaching experience to the Yocum Institute. She began lessons in her hometown of Lancaster, PA which led to the opportunity to train at Broadway Dance Center in New York […]

Update: Mondays during Winter Session

Due to the inclement weather last Monday, January 8, we will be pushing back the start date of the Monday classes during Winter Session. All classes that would have begun on January 8 will begin on January 15 and will run one week longer. Classes that were 5 weeks long will now end on February […]

Donate Now!

There’s still time to submit a tax-deductible donation in 2017! Did you know the Yocum Institute for Arts Education reaches 25,000+ people throughout Berks County, 10,000 of which were labeled “at risk?” Did you also know that the Yocum Institute awarded $39,000 in student scholarships in 2016? In addition, the Institute annually employs 100 artists […]