Community arts educators cannot authentically amplify youth voice and leadership without intentionally working to dismantle adultism in their programs, organizations, and collective action efforts. Adultism is the systematic mistreatment and disrespect of young people which in turn disregards their power and rights as full human-beings.
Too often, young people are shut out of or erased from policy and programming conversations and decision-making processes that directly affect their lives. Young people not only need a “seat at the table,” they need the holistic support of adult accomplices to create their own tables. In December 2020, young artists from the Creative Youth Development Partnership’s National Youth Network and Detroit’s CYD local network presented “Adultism,” a youth panel discussion on adultism and its impact on youth and adult spaces. The panel was organized by Paula Ortega, the Partnership’s National Youth Coordinator and core team member of Re:Frame Youth Arts Center (Phoenix), and Tanykia “Diamond” Davis, youth representative for the Detroit CYD Network and Living Arts (Detroit). They were joined in conversation by Mario Pauldon, poet and vocalist (Illinois); Sam Marcial, poet and dancer (California), Quinn Pursell, theatre artist (Arizona); and Brianna Bryant, engineer and applied artist (Michigan). Continue reading “Adultism and Its Impact on Youth and Adult Spaces”
Two timely ways youth leaders can get involved with Creative Youth Development:
Join the National Young Artists Summit 2021 Planning Committee
Help us plan, coordinate, and co-facilitate the 2021 National Young Artists Summit, to be held virtually on October 16, 2021. Working with a group of youth from across the country committee members design a full-day Summit, providing opportunities for youth leaders, ages 15-20, from a range of artistic disciplines, to connect, create, and celebrate.
Through the National Youth Network young artists ages 13-24 from all across the United States come together to artistically explore different art forms, challenges and opportunities to thrive together.
Join a monthly CYD Community Conversation. Held the 4th Monday of every month, these virtual “water cooler” chitchats are an open-ended dialogue for constructive sharing and co-learning. Registration is required. Come as you are, come when you can. Questions? Contact Ashley Hare.
Launched in May 2020, the National Youth Network connects young artists ages 13-24 from across the United States. Every Friday at 7pm ET youth are invited to come together to artistically explore different art forms, challenges, and opportunities to thrive together. Questions? Contact Paula Ortega, CYD National Youth Coordinator.
The National Young Artist Summit 2020 Planning Committee plans, coordinates and co-facilitates the 2020 National Young Artists Summit. Working with a group of young artists from across the country, committee members design a full-day Summit, providing opportunities for youth leaders, ages 13-20, from a range of artistic disciplines, to connect, create, and celebrate. The application deadline has been extended to May 11, 2020.
The Creative Youth Development (CYD) Toolkit Series is a virtual learning series featuring dynamic online conversations with youth, experts, funders, and practitioners to explore new paths forward for supporting youth through creative youth development practice.
Networks in Austin, TX; Becker County, MN; and Detroit, MI have been chosen, through a national proposal process, to participate in the CYD National Partnership’s CYD Local Networks Project. This project is designed to support the development of youth-centered, local CYD networks that align with the core values of CYD – youth voice, racial equity, and collective action. Networks will receive 11 months of professional development and technical assistance, led by CYD National Coordinator Ashley Hare, and will share back resources and lessons learned with the broader field. Support is designed to help networks develop and/or deepen engagement and action planning and to connect with CYD networks across the country to learn and share practices. Continue reading “Three Local CYD Peer Networks Selected for Support”