Mass Cultural Council Launches Amplify Program Supporting Youth-Led Projects
Mass Cultural Council introduces Amplify Youth Voices; a new initiative to raise the voices of young people whose creative expression is driving positive change in communities across the state. Amplify grants provide support for projects designed and executed by young people in programs that are currently receiving YouthReach or SerHacer funding. A total of $11,440 was awarded with each grantee receiving up to $1,000.
Guild Conference Features CYD Track
The 2nd annual Creative Youth Development track at the Guild’s 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education in Philadelphia featured the keynote address, “A Love Note to Justice: Building Hope and Healing in Urban America, by Dr. Shawn Ginwright. (Guild members have access to the full video clip.) The track also featured a dozen breakout sessions, a dedicated roundtable, and site visits to Fleisher Art Memorial and Village of Arts and Humanities.
Webinar – Empowering Youth Through Creative Youth Development
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presented “The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, Empowering Youth Through Creative Youth Development" webinar with its partners, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, on October 22, 2015. Focusing on museum-, library-, and humanities-based CYD programming, the webinar featured 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winners, Missouri History Museum’s Teens Make History and Santa Ana Public Library’s Teenspace Circle of Mentoring.
Webinar – Americans for the Arts
As part of National Arts in Education Week programming in 2015, Americans for the Arts hosted the webinar “Creative Youth Development – What You Need to Know“
CYD Featured at AFTA’s 2015 Annual Conference
Two CYD presentations were made at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Conference – “Creative Youth Development: What’s in a Name?” and "Creative Youth Development as a Catalyst for Civic Engagement" featuring speakers Jeff Poulin, Jon Hinojosa, Erik Holmgren, and Traci Slater-Rigaud.
National CYD Website Launched
creativeyouthdevelopment.org launched as web presence for the growing national efforts around CYD.
National Guild Launches CYD Compendium
National Guild launches compendium of key CYD research resources.
Mass Cultural Council Creates 1st State Program to Support El Sistema Music Education
This week the Mass Cultural Council launched the first state initiative in the U.S. to bring music education to underserved youth through programs inspired by El Sistema. SerHacer (To Make, To Be) will provide pilot grants, musical instruments, and technical support to nine youth music programs across Massachusetts. Led by local schools and social service providers, each program employs teaching and learning models based on El Sistema, which has lifted thousands of poor, disenfranchised children out of poverty through intensive musical training and social support in Venezuela, Argentina, & elsewhere. SerHacer will also fund new research to advance studies that show how making music helps children develop essential executive functioning skills such as focus, planning, and problem-solving.
CYD Featured at National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 2014 Conference
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents “Creative Youth Development: Beyond the School Day.”
Term Adoption by Obama Administration
The Obama Administration adopted the term "creative youth development" when presenting the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.
1st Pre-conference workshop and CYD track at Guild’s Conference
Pre-conference workshop and CYD track at Guild’s 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education.
Presentation – Grantmakers in the Arts Conference
Session on Creative Youth Development: An Agenda for Collective Action at Grantmakers in the Arts 2014 Conference organized by Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education. Moderated by Anita Walker. Presented by Jon Hinojosa and Heather Ikemire.
ARTSblog Features Salon on CYD
In conjunction with National Arts Education week, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) hosted a weeklong blog salon dedicated to exploring important next steps for the emerging creative youth development sector. Throughout the week AFTA’s Arts Education blog highlighted issues related to research, programming, evaluation, funding, and advocacy, and explored the insights and puzzles presented from leading voices in the field.
Presentation – Arts Education Partnership National Forum
A presentation, Fostering Student Success by Leveraging the Impact of Out of School Time, Creative Youth Development Programs, was made at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, with Jonathan Herman, Traci Slater-Rigaud, Lauren Stevenson, Ph.D., and Robyne Walker Murphy presenting.
CYD Featured at American Library Association 2014 Conference
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents on CYD at the 2014 American Library Association Conference.
National Guild publishes article “CYD Movement Takes Hold” by Denise Montgomery.
June 2014 National Guild publishes article “CYD Movement Takes Hold” by Denise Montgomery.
National Summit on Creative Youth Development
First-ever National Summit on Creative Youth Development held in March 2014 –
- Attended by more than 200 people from 25 states and the District of Columbia who pledged some 86 commitments for action.
- Resulted in Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress through Creative Youth Development
- Forged a partnership between Mass Cultural Council, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities
- Established a National Advisory Committee for this work
New Research Sets Stage to Advance Emerging Field of Creative Youth Development
The Mass Cultural Council and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities commissioned a research study, “Setting the Agenda,” conducted by Lauren Stevenson and released in preparation for the 2014 National Summit on Creative Youth Development.
Mass Cultural Council Celebrates Two Decades of Public Investment in the Creative Potential of Young People
Mass Cultural Council will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its YouthReach Initiative with a series of events that culminate in a national agenda to propel the field of creative youth development into the next decade. In March the agency will host a national summit, in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities and the National Guild for Community Arts Education, that brings the best and the brightest working at the intersection of the arts, culture and youth development to Boston. And launches a new blog, Seen & Heard, where we will tell stories of young lives transformed through creativity and of the skilled practitioners who made those stories possible.