National Partnership Progress Report
Mapping Skill to Will and Building Pathways to Funding
In 2019, the CYD National Partnership’s Funding Action Team conducted research that resulted in an analysis of current and potential CYD funders, the experience and attitudes of those funders through a developed Skill/Will Map, and a deep-dive set of case stories illuminating partnerships between funders and CYD programs. Written by Jeff Poulin of Creative Generation, these papers summarize the current understanding of funding for Creative Youth Development.
A New CYD Framework: CREATE, CONNECT, and CATALYZE
CYD partners have developed the “Create, Connect, Catalyze” framework to weave together perspectives from young peoples’ reflections on their experiences in creative learning environments alongside perspectives from academic research on creative learning environments.
National Youth Network Launched
The National Youth Network (NYN) is a space for young artists ages 13-24 from all across the United States to come together regularly to artistically explore different art forms, challenges, and opportunities to thrive together.
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. More.
NEA Funds $50,000 Grant for Development of CYD Local Networks
The National Guild for Community Arts Education was 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. In 2020, key activities of the partnership will include providing joint professional development for three regional networks, online learning opportunities, dissemination of news from the field, and a National Young Artists Summit for teens. More.
2nd Annual National Young Artists Summit
The 2nd Annual National Youth Arts Summit, entirely designed and led by young people, was held in Austin TX. It provided opportunities for youth leaders, ages 13-20, from a range of artistic disciplines, to connect, create, and celebrate together.
Themes for the 2019 Summit Included:
- Using arts and culture as a frame to approach social issues
- Having discussions about advocacy and politics in the arts
- Highlighting local perspectives that can also be applied to other communities
- Representing diverse perspectives and populations
- Growing collaborative practices with others
- Being accessible to all ways people cognitively and physically move through space
- Challenging conventional thinking, and offer different points of view
- Confronting barriers that do not allow young artists to be their full self
Read the event program (PDF)
Landscape Analysis Papers Published
As part of Americans for the Arts’ work on their Creative Youth Development Toolkit, they 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 National Partnership Expands
The Partnership—originally comprised of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and Americans for the Arts—expands 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 the Partners.
CYD Learning Series Launched
A collaboration between Creative Youth Development National Partnership and the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. Each session spotlights a different written briefs authored by field experts with Americans for the Arts 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. More.
New Book Published on CYD and Music Learning
Music Learning as Youth Development, a new book published in June of 2019, highlights the role of community based Creative Youth Development organizations as catalysts and trailblazers for bringing youth development practices into all areas of music learning.
CYD National Partnership Co-Hosts Track at BOOST
The Clare Rose Foundation, in partnership with the CYD National Partnership, was 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.
1st National Young Artists Summit
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Action Teams Created
Three national Action Teams were formed to implement Blueprint recommendations in the strategic priority areas of:
- VISIBILITY & IMPACT: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes and Impact
- FUNDING: Building Pathways to Funding
- FIELD BUILDING: Professional Development, Networking & Technical Assistance
with support from the CYD National Coordinator.
Education Commission of the States Releases CYD Policy Brief
The Education Commission on the States released their report which explores the design and impact of CYD programs.
CYD Preconference at AFTA’s 2018 Annual Convention
Ashley Hare Appointed CYD National Coordinator
Cross-Sector Coalition Releases Recommendations to Advance the Role of Creativity in Youth Development
The Creative Youth Development National Partnership, in concert with more than 650 cross-sector stakeholders nationally, is calling for all young people to have equitable access to opportunities to: realize their creative potential; live richer, fuller lives; and develop the critical learning and life skills they need to become active contributors to their communities.
META Fellows Showcase
The Klarman Family Foundation and Mass Cultural Council hosted the Final Showcase of the Music Educator and Teaching Artist (META) Fellowship Program Pilot. Over the past two years, 46 Fellows from more than 30 schools and non-profit organizations throughout Massachusetts have come together to build a community of practice to enhance the impact of music programs on young people.
Mass Cultural Council Awards 2018 Amplify Grants
For the third year in a row, Mass Cultural Council is proud to award 15 Amplify grants totaling $15,000 to projects designed and executed by young people in programs receiving YouthReach or SerHacer funding, furthering the Commonwealth’s investment in youth leadership and empowerment. This year’s process not only encouraged young people to design and lead their own projects for their communities’ benefit, but also included young people and program alums in the evaluation panel.