$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.

The Blueprint, to be released in December 2017, is a living document that will map out opportunities for cross-sector advancement of CYD and prioritize actionable strategies for policy, partnership, and practice to collectively serve the needs of young people. Strategies include adopting effective business models; developing revenue sources; documenting and communicating the benefit of CYD programs for youth; using shared terminology, data, and assessment tools; and connecting programs with in-school arts education and non-arts community development initiatives.

This work is building on the momentum of the CYD field, including new partnerships and local networks, recent research, and increased professional development opportunities, since a policy agenda was set forth at the 2014 National Summit on Creative Youth Development. The Creative Youth Development National Partnership includes the National Guild (which serves as a backbone organiza­tion), Americans for the Arts, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Mass Cultural Council. The partnership—which is supported by a cross-sector, 10-member national advisory committee and a 10-member steering committee of CYD practitioners—aims to expand and diversify to include 2-4 additional partners from adjacent sectors.

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