ARTWorks for Kids Leads Discussions of Sustainable Support for Youth Arts

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:

Mass Creates 1st State Program to Support El Sistema Music Education

A man teaches a girl the violin as part of Kids 4 Harmony, a program of Berkshire Children and Families.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. Continue reading “Mass Creates 1st State Program to Support El Sistema Music Education”

ARTSblog Salon Explores Creative Youth Development

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In conjunction with National Arts Education week this week, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is hosting 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 will highlight issues related to research, programming, evaluation, funding, and advocacy, and will explore the insights and puzzles presented from leading voices in the field.

Follow the conversation throughout the week and contribute your thoughts via AFTA’s blog or on Twitter (using the hashtag #creativeyouthdevelopment).

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National Policy Agenda Calls for Greater Investment in Creative Potential of America’s Young People

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Greater investment in out-of-school arts, humanities, and science programs that develop young people’s creative potential and foster individual growth and social responsibility will enable youth to live richer, fuller lives and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood.

That was the key conclusion of participants in the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in Boston, March 27-29, 2014. Together more than 200 leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers, and youth drafted “Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress through Creative Youth Development,” a policy and advocacy agenda to be implemented at the local, state, and national levels. Continue reading “National Policy Agenda Calls for Greater Investment in Creative Potential of America’s Young People”

Efforts to Develop Youth Creativity Produce “Ripple Effects” that Benefit Communities

New Research Sets Stage for Boston Summit to Advance Emerging Field of Creative Youth Development

Cover art for Setting the Agenda reportOut-of-school programs that develop the creative capacities of young people are uniquely positioned to drive civic and social progress in their communities, according to new research. The research report, “Setting the Agenda,” is drawn from surveys of more than 150 youth arts, humanities, and science programs nationwide.

“Today, youth are increasingly becoming disconnected from their communities and the means to make a successful transition to adulthood,” the report states. “At the same time, creativity is growing in its importance to addressing changing economic, social, technological, and environmental challenges. In this context, creative youth development programs are an asset, and supporting and increasing their impact is of great importance.”

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