Complete National Survey on Adapting Culminating Events

Culminating events are central to creative youth development. Events provide a focus for youth to remain engaged. They are a forum for young people to share and celebrate their creativity.

The national survey on adapting culminating events in CYD is a place to share innovative approaches AND areas where you need help. CultureThrive and the Clare Rose Foundation will share the findings with the CYD field and will send the insights and information from the study directly to all who participate in the survey.

CYD National Coordination Transition

Ashley Hare (left) and Paula Ortega (right)
Ashley Hare (left) and Paula Ortega (right)

The CYD National Partnership is excited to announce a new leadership change for the CYD National Coordinator position. For the past two years, Ashley Hare has served the CYD National Coordinator. She worked in support of the CYD National Partners, local practitioners, and youth leaders to implement the vision outlined in the CYD National Action Blueprint. Ashley now joins the National Guild for Community Arts Education as Director of Leadership Development to fully integrate these values into the Guild’s programming and operations. Continue reading “CYD National Coordination Transition”

Apply to the Lewis Prize for Music COVID-19 Community Response Fund by May 8

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

The Lewis Prize for Music has launched a $1 million COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Creative Youth Development leaders and youth music programs to support their responsive and adaptive efforts during COVID-19. This fund will distribute over 20 grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to youth-serving music programs. The application opens on Monday, April 20 and closes on Friday, May 8 with grants distributed on June 16. Visit The Lewis Prize for Music for more information.

Applications Open for National Young Artist Summit 2020 Planning Committee

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.

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Three Local CYD Peer Networks Selected for Support

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”

Support Available for Local Creative Youth Development Networks

Request for Proposals

As part of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Partnership seeks to support three youth-centered, local CYD peer learning networks with professional development and technical assistance.

Applications are due Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 7, 2020. Continue reading “Support Available for Local Creative Youth Development Networks”

CYD National Partnership to Build Capacity of Regional Networks with NEA Support

CONTACT: Jenina Podulka

Creative Youth Development National Partnership to Receive $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

New York, NY—The National Guild for Community Arts Education has been approved for a $50,000 Arts Works grant to support the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. This project will support the continued implementation of the National Action Blueprint for Creative Youth Development, a collective impact project. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Continue reading “CYD National Partnership to Build Capacity of Regional Networks with NEA Support”

“Trends in CYD Programs” Landscape Analysis Released

Americans for the Arts has commissioned field experts to produce a set of seven landscape analyses about key topics within youth development. These papers identify trends in creative youth development, share recommendations for CYD practitioners, and suggest areas for future exploration.

The areas of focus of these papers are:

  1. Program Development
  2. Advocacy and Policy
  3. Working in Social Justice
  4. Program Evaluation
  5. Preparing Artists & Educators
  6. Working with Youth
  7. Funding, Sustainability, and Partnerships

The second landscape analysis to be released is Trends in Creative Youth Development Programs, by Denise Montgomery.

Trends in CYD Programs graphicFrom the Author:

Creative youth development is a dynamic field. A fierce commitment to young people actively shaping programs and to programs reflecting ever-changing communities, coupled with reflection and refinement, means that CYD program practices are continuously in development.

Drawing on the youth development literature, literature specific to creative youth development, and exchanges with CYD practitioners, in this landscape analysis I discuss five current trends in CYD program development. These five trends include: Holistic Approaches Growing as Needs Grow, Collaboration Across Sectors, New Generation of Program Staff with New Approaches, Scaling by Depth, and Establishing Creative Career Pathways. What forces are catalyzing these trends, and what do they look like in practice? Check out this quick read to find out more. The paper also includes an overview of the historical foundation of CYD program development and a summary of underpinning research.

Following discussion of the trends, you will find recommendations for action and for further exploration. As the field is ever-evolving, I invite you to be in communication regarding your work in creative youth development with any comments, ideas, and practices you would like to share or perhaps jointly explore at

Read the “Trends in Creative Youth Development Programs” landscape analysis (PDF)

The National Partnership Has Expanded

The Creative Youth Development National Partnership is comprised of organizations and individuals who are committing time, energy, and resources to implementing the National Action Blueprint, a “roadmap document” created with input from over 650+ stakeholders in the field. It identifies and prioritizes actionable strategies for increasing equitable access to creative youth development (CYD) for children and youth in the United States.

The Partnership—comprised of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, and Americans for the Arts—formed in 2014 to organize and accelerate cross-sector advancement of CYD as a field of practice and oversee the implementation of the 2014 policy agenda, Collective Action for Youth. Building on this agenda, as well as research and input from hundreds of stakeholders—youth, practitioners, researchers, funders, and stakeholders from allied youth sectors—the Partnership developed the National Action Blueprint to prioritize actionable strategies in three strategic areas: Visibility & Impact, Funding, and Field-Building.

Now, in 2019, the partnership continues the goals of Blueprint implementation, but has expanded the National Partnership to include all three Blueprint Action Team members. This expansion ensures the voices of practitioners, researchers, and cross-sector partners are part of increasing equitable access to Creative Youth Development.

Meet All the Partners