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

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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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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”