Announcing the Creative Youth Development National Partnership

New Collective Impact Strategy to Strengthen Community-Based Organizations and Empower Practitioners & Youth

Today marks the formal launch of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership between the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Americans for the Arts. These four organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize their joint commitment to advancing creative youth development (CYD) as a field of practice nationwide. Continue reading “Announcing the Creative Youth Development National Partnership”

CYD Toolkit Under Development

Americans for the Arts Youth Arts LogoWith the coalescing of the field of Creative Youth Development, numerous studies have concluded certain key aspects of successful out-of-school time arts-based programs. Similar, national programs exist to recognize and advocate for the top-tier of programs. However, the most effective practices have not been studied and the field is currently experiencing a lack of peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and dissemination of tools and resources to aid in the expansion of existing programs and the creation of new ones. Continue reading “CYD Toolkit Under Development”

National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development

Collective Impact Project Identifying Actionable Strategies for Advancing CYD

Building on the national agenda set forth at the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in 2014, the first-ever National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development will identify and prioritize actionable strategies for achieving shared goals for cross-sector advancement of creative youth development (CYD). Goals include supporting and advocating for effective business models, new revenue sources, and increased funding; documenting and communicating impact through shared language, systems, and tools; connecting programs with local community development initiatives to improve community outcomes; and strengthening cross-sector partnerships among local and national organizations. Continue reading “National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development”

Progress Report: Collective Action for Creative Youth Development

[UPDATE: A complete timeline of the Partnership’s progress is available online.]

Funding

Conference Presentations, Professional Development, and Networking

  • 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.

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Youth Voice Pops Up with Express Yourself’s Parasols

Installation of hand-painted parasols in Beverly, MA

Amplify, Mass Cultural Council’s grant program created to support youth led and designed projects, is starting to bear fruit, the first of which was the wonderful Pop-Up Parasol exhibit by Youth Mentor Rachel at Express Yourself (EXYO).

Originally conceived as a smaller project involving 20 hand-painted parasols to be on public display at Cumming Center, the idea took hold and blossomed due to the leadership of Rachel, an EXYO mentor, who empowered by the Amplify grant took it upon herself to fundraise and manage the entire project, recruiting peers and participants from EXYO and eventually more than tripling the original project scope. The parasols were displayed in a 70 foot long installation which opened on April 26, bringing  color to a cold spring afternoon in Beverly.

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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.