Progress Report

National Partnership Progress Report

July 24

CYD Learning Series Launched

Mosiac in performanceA 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.

June 17

New Book Published on CYD and Music Learning

Cover art for "Music Learning as Youth Development"

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.

May 1

CYD National Partnership Co-Hosts Track at BOOST

2019 BOOST Conference program book cover

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.

April 24

The National Partnership Expands

National CYD Partners

The Partnership—originally comprised of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, 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 All the Partners


March 20

TAG Quarterly Explores Creative Youth Development

Cover from Winter 2019 issue of TAG Quarterly. Artwork by Say Si.The Winter 2019 issue of the TAG Quarterly was all about Creative Youth Development. The free online publication from the Teaching Artists Guild is full of resources, research, and news from CYD leaders and practitioners across the country.

November 17

1st National Young Artists Summit

August 15

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.

August 2

Education Commission of the States Releases CYD Policy Brief

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The Education Commission on the States released their report which explores the design and impact of CYD programs.

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April 23

Cross-Sector Coalition Releases Recommendations to Advance the Role of Creativity in Youth Development

Detroit, Michigan - Mosaic Singers in concert. The Mosaic Singers are part of Mosaic Youth Theatre, which provides free, professional quality theater and music training for teenagers in the Detroit area. Copyright Jim WestThe 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.

Read the Creative Youth Development National Blueprint.

April 4

META Fellows Showcase

META Fellows share their projects at Final 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.

February 12

Mass Cultural Council Awards 2018 Amplify Grants

Thanks to our 2018 Amplify panelists: (Left to right) Gladys Hidalgo, Raw Art Works; Rachel Cummings, Express Yourself; Corey DePina, Zumix; Raquel Navarro, Sociedad Latina; and Marquis Victor, Elevated Thought. With Shaneez Tyndall, Mass Cultural Council.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.

November 15

Youth Voice and Leadership Amplified at National Guild’s Conference

Participants in the National Guild for Community Arts Education's Emerging Young Artist Residency Perform at the Guild's 2018 Conference in San Francisco/Oakland.

In addition to a dedicated track of Creative Youth Development sessions and network meetings, this year’s National Guild conference (November 15-18 in San Francisco/Oakland) piloted an Emerging Young Artist Residency, which brought together youth, ages 16-24, and teaching artists from Destiny Arts Center (Oakland, CA), Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, and RAW Art Works (Lynn, MA) to collaboratively create an original performance piece that explored critical social issues connected to conference themes. More

November 9

2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardees Named

The Summer Performing Arts Company, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks, ND, Photo: Allison Peterson.Today, 12 creative youth development programs from across the country were recognized by the nation’s arts and culture agencies with the highest honor such programs can receive, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

First presented in 1998, the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards was presented through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in cooperation with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

September 10

AFTA’s ARTSblog Spotlights Youth Voice

Xavier Harvey as Benedick in Actors' Shakespeare Project's production of “Much Ado About Nothing."As part of the festivities around National Arts in Education Week September 10-16, 2017, Americans for the Arts’ ARTSblog highlighted stories from youth sharing what arts education means in their lives. One post featured Xavier Harvey, a seasoned veteran of Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s youth productions and youth mentor.

July 26

Mass Cultural Council Convenes International CYD Leaders

International CYD Leaders at National Stakeholders MeetingAs part of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership’s Stakeholder Meeting (NSM), Mass Cultural Council took the opportunity to host a cohort of international guests to spark a conversation on how the field of practice looks around the world.

With a varied roster of national and local agencies, educators, artists, and academia from South Korea, Scotland, India, Australia, Norway, and New Zealand, these guests met to distill the findings of the NSM, and, led by veteran teaching artist Eric Booth, were engaged in an incredibly fertile conversation, in which different models and approaches were presented, all unified by the importance of empowering young people and nurturing creativity as an integral part of our communities.

July 24

National Stakeholder Meeting

National Stakeholder MeetingThe CYD National Partnership brought together 100+ leaders from across sectors and around the country for a CYD National Stakeholder Meeting in Boston. The purpose of the meeting was to drive collective action to advance the role of creativity in positive youth development. Over two days, this community of stakeholders worked together to prioritize strategic actions to holistically support positive change in the lives of young people. Participants included youth, practitioners, researchers, funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders in creative youth development and allied sectors (e.g., mental health, juvenile justice, workforce development, youth development, education, and community development). The focus of the National Stakeholder Meeting was on tapping the wisdom, experience, and diverse perspectives of the stakeholders in the room to amplify promising strategies highlighted in recent research and practice, increase investment in creative youth development nationally, and catalyze action that will bring new resources and support to CYD practice throughout the country.

July 20

$100,000 NEA Grant Supports Continued Advancement of CYD

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The National Guild for Community Arts Education, on behalf of a coalition of national partners, has been awarded an NEA Collective Impact grant for $100,000. The grant will support the implementation of the National Blueprint for Creative Youth Development (CYD) through cross-sector working groups, communications, and professional development.

June 26

U.S. Conference of Mayors Supports CYD

Graphic from 2017 Mayors ConferenceDuring their annual meeting in June, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously endorsed a resolution titled, “Access to Creative Youth Development for At-Risk Youth” in support of CYD in communities across the nation. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more and their chief elected official, the mayor. CYD Programs are encouraged to use this resolution to present to their mayor to garner support for CYD-related efforts in their community.