During their annual meeting in June, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously endorsed a resolution titled, “Access to Creative Youth Development for At-Risk Youth” in support of CYD in communities across the nation. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more and their chief elected official, the mayor. CYD Programs are encouraged to use this resolution to present to their mayor to garner support for CYD-related efforts in their community.
Through their Youth Arts Action Initiative, MASSCreative partners with 18 youth arts groups to provide advocacy training and opportunities for participants to effect change in their communities. Their youth partners represent a broad spectrum of disciplines – from music, theatre, dance, and visual art – and come from diverse backgrounds representing communities around Greater Boston and beyond.
The Hunt Alternatives Fund has been working to increase public funding for youth arts through coalition building, advocacy, grantmaking, and outreach in Eastern Massachusetts for many years. Now, they are bringing their experience and their learning to other cities in an effort to build a more national coalition of youth arts organizations, help to increase their individual major donor bases, and support them to influence public resources. Check out this video from a stop in San Francisco: