“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 dmontgomery@culturethrive.com.

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

Learning Series Continues – Working in Social Justice

Learning Series Continues – Working in Social Justice
September 24, 3-4pm (ET), Free

Social justice in the field of creative youth development (CYD) means working with youth from multiple identities to expand and nurture their analytic sensibilities, creativity, self-reflection, and critical thinking skills to engage them in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and intersectional justice. It also means promoting and supporting youth culture as a mechanism to drive youths’ understanding of and ability to challenge racial violence, and structural and systemic oppression.

Join Dr. Bettina Love for a discussion of key insights and recommendations presented in her recently released paper, “Working in Social Justice,” published by Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership. Dr. Love will be joined by three nationally-recognized CYD practitioners.

Presenters:

    • Bettina Love, author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.
    • Ashley Hare, Co-Founder, RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ and National Coordinator, CYD National Partnership
    • Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY
    • Mika Lemoine, Mentor Teaching Artist, Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA

Read the “Working in Social Justice” landscape analysis paper in advance of the webinar.

Watch the September 24 recording

This learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. One of the National Partners, Americans for the Arts, recently spearheaded the development of 7 written briefs authored by field experts as part of the first phase of a creative youth development toolkit for the field. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.

Register for Conference for Community Arts Education & National Young Artists Summit

2019 Conference for Community Arts Education banner graphicThe National Guild’s 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education, taking place October 30–November 2 in Austin, TX, will feature a Creative Youth Development track with workshops inspiring and engaging for both adults and young artists. Up to 40 day passes are available for young artists ages 13-20 to attend Thursday and/or Friday sessions (first-come, first-served). Early registration deadline is September 18.

Request Day Pass (Young Artists)
Register for the Conference for Community Arts Education (Adults)

In partnership with the conference, the National Young Artists Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 (separate registration required). This full-day summit is entirely designed and led by young people, and provides opportunities for young artists ages 13-20 from a range of artistic disciplines to connect, create, and celebrate. The Summit is free for youth, and travel stipends are available. Registration deadline is October 16.

Learning Series Continues – Trends in CYD Programs

Trends in CYD Programs
August 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, Free

Creative youth development programs, with their grassroots and community-based origins, are a heterogeneous field of practice that has in recent years codified characteristics of high quality CYD through a series of frameworks. At the same time, CYD practitioners are committed to reflection and ongoing refinement, to programs being actively shaped by young people, and being connected to and a reflection of their communities. Therefore, CYD program practices are continuously in development.

Join us for an overview of the soon-to-be published Trends in CYD Programs landscape analysis from Americans for the Arts and the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. During the webinar, researcher Denise Montgomery of CultureThrive will discuss five current trends in CYD program development:

  1. Holistic Approaches Growing as Needs Grow
  2. Collaboration Across Sectors
  3. New Generation of Program Staff with New Approaches
  4. Scaling by Depth
  5. Establishing Creative Career Pathways

Denise will be joined field experts who will share their perspectives as practitioners and who will bring depth and dimension to this national conversation.

Watch the August 28 recording

Read the “Trends in CYD” landscape analysis (PDF)

Learn more about our previous session – Working with Youth

This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.

“Working with Youth” 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

These landscape analyses are one part of a larger project led by Americans for the Arts to create a new, first-of-its-kind Creative Youth Development Toolkit.

The first landscape analysis to be released is Working with Youth, by Ashley Hare.

graphic of ladder of youth participationFrom the Author:

Paulo Freire has stated “There is no student who learns and teacher who educates, but a shared power relationship where both who are taught also teach”. Still, young people are the most ignored and yet the most controlled group in our society. So often we adults find ourselves in rooms making decisions on programming and policy we think are best for young people. We make these decisions without their voices, even though they are the ones who will be directly impacted by our choices. But as we are seeing nationally and globally, young people are speaking up to become their own agents of change. They are concerned about their future when we are long gone. They want to be involved now and not when they turn 18 and legally become “an adult”. They are showing us they are not our future leaders, but they are here today. To truly give them the space they are demanding, we must rethink what it means to co-lead with young people. This paper offers practices to consider when implementing youth-driven leadership models in classrooms, afterschool programs, and community spaces.

Read the “Working with Youth” landscape analysis (PDF)

Register Now for the Creative Youth Development Learning Series

Youth Agency, Equity and Justice

Join the Creative Youth Development National Partnership for a set of dynamic online conversations with youth, experts, funders, and practitioners. All young people deserve to have equitable opportunities to reach their creative potential, live richer and fuller lives, and develop the critical life skills they need to become active contributors in their communities.

CREATIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT is the intentional integration of arts learning and youth development principles and has implications across many areas such as social-emotional learning, social justice, leadership development, college/career readiness, and K-12 transformation.

This learning series will build on and amplify key takeaways and case examples from a recently completed set of written briefs, authored by field experts, which explore new paths forward for supporting youth through creative youth development practice. These papers are part of a multi-year project, led by Americans for the Arts, designed to produce a CYD Toolkit for the field.

Working with Youth (Focus on Youth Agency)
July 30, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, Free

So often we adults make decisions on programming and policy without youth voice, even though they are directly impacted by our choices. But young people are speaking up to become their own agents of change. They are concerned about their future when we are long gone, and they are ready to lead today. To truly give them the space they are demanding, we must rethink what it means to co-lead with young people. Learn practices to consider when implementing youth-driven leadership models in classrooms, afterschool programs, and community spaces. A rich conversation with funders, youth, practitioners, and experts will provide insight from multiple perspectives.

Watch the July 30 recording

Read the “Working with Youth” landscape analysis (PDF)

This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.

Youth Opportunity: Join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team

National Young Artists Summit logoYouth leaders currently in 9-12th grade are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2019, to join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the national Conference for Community Arts Education.

The Summit brings together youth, ages 13-24, from across the country to share their artistry; participate in workshops on topics such as leadership, racial equity, and arts entrepreneurship; and organize towards a collective call to action. It is a program of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.

As a team member, you would be responsible for designing this year’s Summit, leading sessions, and reaching out to other young artists to participate. The Team consists of up to 10 youth members who serve for a minimum term of six months, and meets virtually once a week from June-October (usually Wednesdays, from 5-6pm ET). Team members are expected to attend all meetings; actively participate in all planning, coordination, and facilitation activities; and be present for the Youth Summit (arriving Friday, Nov. 1 in Austin and participating in the Summit all day on Saturday, Nov. 2).

The 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education is a national convening which aims to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

Questions? Contact Ashley Hare, National CYD Coordinator.

Apply By June 3

CYD National Partnership Co-Hosts Track at BOOST in May

The Clare Rose Foundation, in partnership with the CYD National Partnership, is proud to host the first BOOST creative youth development workshop strand in Palm Springs, CA on May 1-3, 2019. Pursuing the goal of bringing the impact of CYD work to a broader national audience, the BOOST Conference is an opportunity to engage with over 2,500 out-of-school time providers, administrators, and professionals.

Creative Youth Development: Leading Edge Practices Fueling Youth Engagement
CYD is in an unprecedented era of program innovation, cross-sector partnerships, and funding diversification. In this series of workshops, leaders from across the United States will share their pioneering work, including in CYD and social justice; new, youth-report assessment tools; initiatives supporting creative career pathways; and collaborations with sectors including health, education, and juvenile justice.

Regular registration closes March 31 and late registration closes April 15. 

Learn More and Register

Designing for Engagement Webinar (Recording Now Available)

Last month, the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Wallace Foundation teamed up to host a free webinar to discuss the recently released Wallace report, “Designing for Engagement: The Experiences of Tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Arts Initiative.”

Designing for Engagement report cover

Attendees heard from researchers and practitioners, covering research findings as well as practical tips from their experiences implementing new programs at Wisconsin Boys & Girls Clubs. The report builds upon the 2013 “Something to Say” report from the Wallace Foundation, which outlined 10 principles of exemplary youth arts programs.

View the Webinar