Creative Youth Development National Partners

National Guild for Community Arts Education logoThe National Guild for Community Arts Education supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. Among its national initiatives is Engaging Adolescents, which aims to increase youth participation in the arts by enhancing the effectiveness and scope of existing, high quality out-of-school time arts education programs and catalyzing the development of new programs. The Guild serves a broad constituency of more than 5,000 nonprofit, arts organizations, and government agencies in the United States that are providing open access to classes, lessons and workshops in multiple artistic disciplines. Many also are providing learning/development through the arts with a focus on youth development, community building, positive aging, and other areas. Of these providers, more than 450 are Guild members. They include community schools of the arts; arts centers; and arts education divisions of performing arts institutions, universities, museums, and other organizations. In concert with this dynamic network, the Guild researches and promotes best practices, provides opportunities for professional development and dialogue, advocates for broad access, and makes grants to the field. Collectively, Guild member institutions offer direct instruction to more than 2.5 million students each year, employ 20,000 teaching artists, and reach an additional eight million Americans each year through performances and exhibitions. In addition to providing classes and lessons within their own facilities, most members also collaborate with public schools, social service organizations, hospitals, and other agencies to increase communities’ access to arts education.

Mass Cultural Council logoThe Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy. The Council pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.

Over the past 20 years, Mass Cultural Council has invested more than $10 million in creative youth development resulting in a vibrant community of programs. Massachusetts has had more than 40 Winners and Finalists of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards (formally Coming Up Taller) since 1998 and it’s flagship program in creative youth development, YouthReach, has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and replicated in states across the country. On December 1, 2014 the Mass Cultural Council launched its newest creative youth development initiative, SerHacer, which is the first public support system for El Sistema-inspired work in the United States. Together with more than 400 cultural organizations and hundreds of teaching artists, the Mass Cultural Council is working to deepen the creative potential of young people in every corner of the Commonwealth.


Logo for Americans For The ArtsAmericans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 50 years of service, it is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Americans for the Arts’ mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.