Progress Report

National Partnership Progress Report

June 18

CYD Featured at AFTA’s 2016 Annual Conference

Americans for the Arts’ 2016 conference features a session on “The Future of Creative Youth Development”, featuring speakers Robyne Walker Murphy, Zakiya Thomas, and two youth partipants.

June 16

Publication – Peer-Reviewed Journal Article on Rise of CYD

cover art from Arts Education Policy Review journal

The Partnership’s co-commissioned article, “The Rise of Creative Youth Development,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal Arts Education Policy Review (June 2016). Written by Denise Montgomery, Director of the Creative Youth Development National Initiative, this article describes core characteristics of creative youth development (CYD) programs and provides background on the origins and history of the field, including current advances and signs the field is coalescing.

May 12

NEA Awards $100,000 Grant for Creative Youth Development

An NEA Art Works grant for $100,000 was awarded to the National Guild for Community Arts Education, on behalf of a coalition of national partners. The award will support a collective impact initiative and the creation of the first-ever blueprint to advance creative youth development (CYD).

April 8

Presentation – Reframing El Sistema

Reframing El Sistema conference web page graphicReframing El Sistema conference in Baltimore – “Re-Defining Sustainability for Socially Driven Arts Programs” featuring speakers Jeff Poulin, Dan Trahey, and Phil Bravo.

January 20

Mass Cultural Council Launches Amplify Program Supporting Youth-Led Projects

Youth people performing at Boch Center with Express Yourself. Photo by Mike Dean.

Mass Cultural Council introduces Amplify Youth Voices; a new initiative to raise the voices of young people whose creative expression is driving positive change in communities across the state.

Amplify grants provide support for projects designed and executed by young people in programs that are currently receiving YouthReach or SerHacer funding. A total of $11,440 was awarded with each grantee receiving up to $1,000.

November 11

Guild Conference Features CYD Track

Man speaking at a podium at the 2015 Guild conference. Photo by Adachi Pimentel.The 2nd annual Creative Youth Development track at the Guild’s 2015 Conference for Community Arts Education in Philadelphia featured the keynote address, “A Love Note to Justice: Building Hope and Healing in Urban America, by Dr. Shawn Ginwright.  (Guild members have access to the full video clip.) The track also featured a dozen breakout sessions, a dedicated roundtable, and site visits to Fleisher Art Memorial and Village of Arts and Humanities.

October 22

Webinar – Empowering Youth Through Creative Youth Development

Young people performingThe President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presented “The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, Empowering Youth Through Creative Youth Development” webinar with its partners, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, on October 22, 2015. Focusing on museum-, library-, and humanities-based CYD programming, the webinar featured 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winners, Missouri History Museum’s Teens Make History and Santa Ana Public Library’s Teenspace Circle of Mentoring.

September 8

Webinar – Americans for the Arts

AFTA webinar intro slide

As part of National Arts in Education Week programming in 2015, Americans for the Arts hosted the webinar “Creative Youth Development – What You Need to Know

June 13

CYD Featured at AFTA’s 2015 Annual Conference

Two CYD presentations were made at Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Conference – “Creative Youth Development: What’s in a Name?” and “Creative Youth Development as a Catalyst for Civic Engagement” featuring speakers Jeff Poulin, Jon Hinojosa, Erik Holmgren, and Traci Slater-Rigaud.

June 2

National CYD Website Launched launched as web presence for the growing national efforts around CYD.

January 2

National Guild Launches CYD Compendium

Screenshot of Guild's CYD compendium page

National Guild launches compendium of key CYD research resources.

December 3

Mass Cultural Council Creates 1st State Program to Support El Sistema Music Education

A man teaches a girl the violin as part of Kids 4 Harmony, a program of Berkshire Children and Families.

This week the Mass Cultural Council launched the first state initiative in the U.S. to bring music education to underserved youth through programs inspired by El Sistema.

SerHacer (To Make, To Be) will provide pilot grants, musical instruments, and technical support to nine youth music programs across Massachusetts. Led by local schools and social service providers, each program employs teaching and learning models based on El Sistema, which has lifted thousands of poor, disenfranchised children out of poverty through intensive musical training and social support in Venezuela, Argentina, & elsewhere. SerHacer will also fund new research to advance studies that show how making music helps children develop essential executive functioning skills such as focus, planning, and problem-solving.

November 14

CYD Featured at National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 2014 Conference

Cover slide from Creative Youth Devlopmentment Beyond the School Day presentation

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents “Creative Youth Development: Beyond the School Day.”

November 10

Term Adoption by Obama Administration

Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program Band Performs in the White House at the 2014 NAHYP Awards Ceremony

The Obama Administration adopted the term “creative youth development” when presenting the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

November 2

1st Pre-conference workshop and CYD track at Guild’s Conference

Youth performing at National Guild's 2014 conference. Image by Timothy Norris.Pre-conference workshop and CYD track at Guild’s 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education.

October 13

Presentation – Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

GIA 2014 conference graphicSession on Creative Youth Development: An Agenda for Collective Action at Grantmakers in the Arts 2014 Conference organized by Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education. Moderated by Anita Walker. Presented by Jon Hinojosa and Heather Ikemire.

September 15

ARTSblog Features Salon on CYD

AFTA's Artsblog header graphic

In conjunction with National Arts Education week, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) hosted a weeklong blog salon dedicated to exploring important next steps for the emerging creative youth development sector. Throughout the week AFTA’s Arts Education blog highlighted issues related to research, programming, evaluation, funding, and advocacy, and explored the insights and puzzles presented from leading voices in the field.


September 12

Presentation – Arts Education Partnership National Forum

Arts Education Partnership 2014 National Forum logo

A presentation, Fostering Student Success by Leveraging the Impact of Out of School Time, Creative Youth Development Programs, was made at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, with Jonathan Herman, Traci Slater-Rigaud, Lauren Stevenson, Ph.D., and Robyne Walker Murphy presenting.

June 28

CYD Featured at American Library Association 2014 Conference

Cover art from ALA program book

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents on CYD at the 2014 American Library Association Conference.

June 2

National Guild publishes article “CYD Movement Takes Hold” by Denise Montgomery.

June 2014

National Guild publishes article “CYD Movement Takes Hold” by Denise Montgomery.