$100,000 NEA Grant Supports Continued Advancement of CYD

The National Guild for Community Arts Education, on behalf of a coalition of national partners, has been awarded an NEA Collective Impact grant for $100,000. The grant will support the implementation of the National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development (CYD) through cross-sector working groups, communications, and professional development. The funds are part of the NEA’s second round of funding in FY 2017, which will award 1,195 grants totaling $82.06 million to support organizations in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions. Continue reading “$100,000 NEA Grant Supports Continued Advancement of CYD”

National Stakeholders to Convene Next Week

On July 24 and 25, nearly 100 leaders from across sectors will come together in Boston for the 2017 CYD National Stakeholder Meeting with a charge to broaden and deepen the impact of Creative Youth Development throughout the United States and the world. This group will include practitioners, youth, funders, policy makers, thought leaders, researchers and government officials who all recognize CYD as a vehicle for positive youth outcomes.

This two-day working meeting has three primary goals:

  1. To understand the outcomes that unify creative youth development work across sectors;
  2. To identify the most promising areas for further collective work that will add value to the creative youth development field and the experience of young people through the lenses of funding, visibility, and technical assistance; and
  3. To understand our collective capacity to move one or more of these strategic areas forward as a coalition.

Continue reading “National Stakeholders to Convene Next Week”

Why is a Social Service Agency Running a Classical Music Program?

Carolyn Mower BurnsOn Mass Cultural Council’s podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, Carolyn Mower Burns, President and CEO of Berkshire Children & Families, a social service agency serving Western Massachusetts, shared how they use musical excellence as a vehicle for developing whole children and whole families through Kids 4 Harmony, their intensive classical music program for social change.

Listen to the podcast.

Read the transcript.

Check out other podcast episodes featuring Creative Youth Development leaders.

2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announced

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardees. Left: St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, MO. Photo: Vicki Kahn. Right: Screen It!, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX, Photo: Olivia Tamzarian.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs in the field of Creative Youth Development across the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional creative youth development programs that are taking place from coast to coast.  Continue reading “2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announced”

Deep Center’s After-School Workshops Foster Young Authors in Savannah, Georgia

Left: André Massey, Jr., age 14, talks on behalf of the 2015 NAHYP Awardee, Young Author Project. Photo credit: Steven E. Purcell. Right: Ellexus Hicks reads from an anthology of students’ creative writing at a Deep Speaks event. Photo: Bill Durrence.“Your story is enough, and it matters. So tell it, and tell it well.”

Since 2008, the Deep Center has given youth in Savannah, Georgia the tools and encouragement to write with skill, confidence, and courage. Recognizing that students with poor literacy skills are more likely to drop out, Deep brings free and fun after-school writing instruction to youth in some of the city’s low-performing middle schools. Through instruction, discussion, one-on-one mentoring, and writing exercises, dedicated volunteer Writing Fellows work with students to develop fundamental writing skills and creative self-expression once a week for 11 weeks.  Continue reading “Deep Center’s After-School Workshops Foster Young Authors in Savannah, Georgia”

CYD in Libraries Summer Webinar Series

Our year-long Creative Youth Development (CYD) webinar series continues. While the first sessions focused on CYD fundamentals, this summer’s webinars focus on the growing field of library-based CYD.

In this three-part series presented by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards (NAHYP) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), participants will explore best practices in CYD library programming, learn how the humanities are incorporated into these programs, and review the overall NAHYP application process.  Continue reading “CYD in Libraries Summer Webinar Series”

In Conversation: Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith

Katie Wyatt and Dalouge SmithMass Cultural Council invited Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith to share a conversation around two different models of growing creative youth development programming at the city and state level for it’s Creative Youth Development blog, Seen & HeardContinue reading “In Conversation: Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith”

Armory’s Art High Provides High-End Instruction and Life Skills

Art High Apprentices and Mentors at Work. Art High, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardee. Photos: Armory Center for the Arts.With a firm belief that “arts and arts education are essential components of a well-rounded human experience and a civil community,” the Armory Center for the Arts launched in 2006 an ambitious program called Art High. Its goal: Make out-of-school arts instruction more accessible to the young people of Pasadena, California by providing free year-round classes and mentorship opportunities at parks, schools, and community centers. Continue reading “Armory’s Art High Provides High-End Instruction and Life Skills”

Achieving Positive Outcomes for Youth: CYD and Cross Sector Collaboration

Guild Notes cover image - girl holding a maskIn February, nearly 40 experienced creative youth development (CYD) practitioners from Southern California gathered at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA to hear from a panel of cross-sector leaders. The event, hosted by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership and moderated by Cynthia Campoy Brophy (ArtworxLA), explored opportunities for collaboration between the creative youth development field and adjacent sectors (e.g., youth development, workforce development, mental health) to achieve positive outcomes for youth. Creative youth development organizations across the country—organizations that are using the arts to encourage positive risk-taking, promote leadership development, and build career pathways—have a vision that overlaps with various youth-oriented sectors. Continue reading “Achieving Positive Outcomes for Youth: CYD and Cross Sector Collaboration”