2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalists Announced

First Lady Michelle Obama with 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Community Partnership Programs. Photo: Steven Purcell.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 all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional programs that are taking place from coast to coast.

See the full list of finalists.

Podcast: Nationally-Recognized CYD Leaders Share Their Work

Creative Minds Out Loud logoCheck out Mass Cultural Council’s podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, for informative and lively conversations with nationally-recognized creative youth development leaders:

  • Dr. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, discusses music as a catalyst to create social change.
  • Susan Rodgerson, Founding Executive/Artistic Director of Artists For Humanity, discusses pioneering youth entrepreneurship & sustainability.
  • Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses mapping an Infrastructure that helps the arts thrive.
  • Bob Lynch, Americans for the Arts’ President and CEO, discusses national arts advocacy leadership strategies and observations.

Mass Cultural Council Launches “Amplify” to Fund 12 Youth-Led Community Projects

We also have our social imagination: the capacity to invent
visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient
society, on the streets where we live, in our schools. – Maxine Greene

Today the 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.

See the funding list.

#CYDchat: Where the Arts Connect and Contribute

National Guild for Community Arts Education logoThe National Guild for Community Arts Education invites you to participate in a Twitter chat on November 4, 2015 at 2pm EST using the hashtag #CYDChat for an exchange around Creative Youth Development (CYD). The discussion will include opportunities to share resources, discuss collaborative practices, and generate innovative ideas to strengthen their work.

Use #CYDChat to contribute, and help us all learn and grow!

Join AFTA’s Creative Youth Development Webinar, Tweet Chat on Sept. 15

Learn more about Creative Youth Development as part of Americans for the Arts’ (AFTA) webinar series: “Arts Education: What You Need to Know” on Tuesday, September 15 at 3pm. The President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities will join partners from the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Mass Cultural Council to discuss this emerging field

Register for the 20-minute webinar, and continue the conversation with leaders from around the country in Twitter using #CYD from 8-9pm (ET).

Innovation in Action: Three Case Studies from the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice

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This month, EmcArts released “Innovation in Action: Three Case Studies from the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice.” Featuring Alternate ROOTS, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and The Theater Offensive, this publication examines the contours, possibilities and limitations of innovation and adaptive change at the intersection of arts and social justice. Download the full publication.

Youth Artists Turned Arts Advocates

MassCreative's Youth Arts Action InitiativeThrough 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.

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CYD Featured at AFTA’s 2015 Annual Conference

Americans for the Arts 2015 Conference logo
At this week’s Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Conference, two sessions will focus on creative youth development:

Creative Youth Development: What’s in a Name?
Out-of-school arts programming has been the core of the work of many local arts service agencies for decades. With a new name for this field, research being conducted, and policy opportunities being exposed, learn from national leaders who are driving this movement for additional monetary and policy support for further investment in the infrastructure of the field of Creative Youth Development. Continue reading “CYD Featured at AFTA’s 2015 Annual Conference”

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announced

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 all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional programs that are taking place from coast to coast.

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