CYD Leaders Envision Systems Change in Their Organizations


Cover of The Lewis Prize for Music’s essay series Thoughts on Responsive and Collaborative Leadership from the 2020 Accelerator Awardees

The Lewis Prize for Music has released an essay series, ‘Thoughts on Responsive and Collaborative Leadership from the 2020 Accelerator Awardees,’ featuring organizational leaders talking about systems change and what it means to them and their communities:
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TAG Quarterly Explores Creative Youth Development

Cover from Winter 2019 issue of TAG Quarterly. Artwork by Say Si.
Cover from Winter 2019 issue of TAG Quarterly. Artwork by Say Si.

The Winter 2019 issue of the TAG Quarterly is all about Creative Youth Development! The free online publication from the Teaching Artists Guild was released last week and is full of resources, research, and news from CYD leaders and practitioners across the country. Heather Ikemire of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and member of the CYD National Partnership wrote an article about the Creative Youth Development National Blueprint released in 2018 and its recommendations for moving CYD work forward. Also featured in the issue are Say Si’s Amalia Ortiz, Mara Higgins of Denver’s Alliance for Creative Youth Development, James Miles of Arts Corps, and teaching artist Kim Sabo Flores.

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Putting the CYD National Action Blueprint to Work (Recording Now Available)

Learn how you can use the recently released Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Action Blueprint as a resource in your work to advance the role of creativity in youth development. Led by the CYD National Partnership and a cross-sector coalition, this one-hour, interactive forum is designed for CYD practitioners and alumni, funders, researchers, and allied youth sector leaders.
During the forum, we discuss:

  • The CYD National Movement and Blueprint goals
  • How CYD aligns with the priorities of allied youth sectors, including education, juvenile justice, and afterschool
  • Recommendations for advancing CYD in three strategic priority areas
    • VISIBILITY & IMPACT: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes and Impact
    • FUNDING: Expanding Pathways to Funding
    • FIELD BUILDING: Professional Development, Networking, and Technical Assistance

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See Stories of Impact (2 minutes each)

Hear from multiple stakeholders on how they have applied the Blueprint and its recommendations to their own work and communities:

  • Ashley Hare, Phoenix, AZ (Practitioner), shares how the Blueprint prompted a community meeting for arts practitioners hosted by the state arts commission and a local funder.
  • Matt D’Arrigo, Clare Rose Foundation, San Diego, CA (Funder), shares how a family foundation is supporting the implementation of the Blueprint through the cultivation of a local CYD Network in San Diego.
  • Kaile Shilling, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, Los Angeles, CA (Collaborative), shares how the Blueprint informed AIYN’s policy brief and helped to frame a local effort within a broader, national context.
  • Lauren Stevenson, Project 1324, Adobe, San Francisco, CA (Private Sector), shares how the Blueprint has informed the creation and development of a digital platform to support and connect a global community of young creators.

Artist as Instigator: Join ITAC4’s Digital Conference September 13-15, 2018

The Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC4) will be held in the U.S. for the first time in New York City September 13-15, 2018. [Previous conferences were held in Oslo (2012), Brisbane (2014), and Edinburgh (2016).] While the in-person conference is sold out, teaching artists are encouraged to attend digitally.

Digital conference goers will be able to participate online through a live stream of plenary sessions, curated interviews and conversations, along with access to special web-only content. Learn More.

All of the online sessions will be archived on the ITAC website.

In Conversation: Lynn Stanley and Elizabeth Pickard

Lynn Stanley and Elizabeth Pickard

Mass Cultural Council’s Erik Holmgren invited Elizabeth Pickard from the Missouri History Museum and Lynn Stanley, Curator of Education for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to discuss their respective institutions as a place for connecting the story of themselves, the story of their communities, and the story of now. Listen to how their own stories brought them into the museum field and how they strive to ‘lift the veil’ between their institutions and the lived experience of young people in their communities.

Hear the recording by selecting the player above, or read the transcript.

Why is a Social Service Agency Running a Classical Music Program?

Carolyn Mower BurnsOn Mass Cultural Council’s podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, Carolyn Mower Burns, President and CEO of Berkshire Children & Families, a social service agency serving Western Massachusetts, shared how they use musical excellence as a vehicle for developing whole children and whole families through Kids 4 Harmony, their intensive classical music program for social change.

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Check out other podcast episodes featuring Creative Youth Development leaders.

In Conversation: Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith

Katie Wyatt and Dalouge SmithMass Cultural Council invited Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith to share a conversation around two different models of growing creative youth development programming at the city and state level for it’s Creative Youth Development blog, Seen & HeardContinue reading “In Conversation: Katie Wyatt and Dalouge Smith”

Eric Booth on the Potency of Teaching Artistry

Eric BoothOn the Mass Cultural Council’s podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, we recently spoke with Eric Booth about the potency of teaching artistry.

Booth, one of the foremost experts in the world on teaching artists, discusses the field and craft of teaching artistry. He says while teaching artists are recognized as learning catalysts – by the education, business, and healthcare sectors (to name a few) – there continue to be insufficient growth pathways to support the expertise that’s been developed by this global workforce.

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Podcast: Nationally-Recognized CYD Leaders Share Their Work

Creative Minds Out Loud logoCheck out Mass Cultural Council’s podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud, for informative and lively conversations with nationally-recognized creative youth development leaders:

  • Dr. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, discusses music as a catalyst to create social change.
  • Susan Rodgerson, Founding Executive/Artistic Director of Artists For Humanity, discusses pioneering youth entrepreneurship & sustainability.
  • Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses mapping an Infrastructure that helps the arts thrive.
  • Bob Lynch, Americans for the Arts’ President and CEO, discusses national arts advocacy leadership strategies and observations.