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. All of them are now available online:
On October 3, the Clare Rose Foundation and San Diego Creative Youth Development Network hosted a day-long summit to convene local practitioners, youth leaders, and funders for a day of professional development. We celebrated the successes and shared the challenges of local creative youth development (CYD) programs over the last year.
Facilitators of the day’s workshops and discussions included Darren Isom, Partner at The Bridgespan Group, Fatima Muhammad, Director of Youth & Family Solutions at Search Institute, Denise Montgomery, Founder and Principal of CultureThrive, Matt D’Arrigo, Director of Creative Youth Development at Clare Rose Foundation, and Dairrick Khalil Hodges, Director of The SOULcial Workers.
More than 40 local CYD practitioners joined Fatima for a full-day session focused on Search Institute’s pioneering research on building and strengthening meaningful relationships with young people that support their positive development. Participants found great value in the workshop, noting that it validated their daily approaches and gave them language they can use to use to explain and describe their work.
Half-day sessions were also held for Youth and Funders.
Youth leaders came together for a peer-planned workshop, led by Dairrick and members of the San Diego Creative Youth Development Network’s emerging youth council, to identify key factors of equitable youth-adult partnerships and develop tools to activate relationships with adults that enable emerging and existing leaders to work side by side.
Funders engaged in a discussion about disruptive philanthropic strategies to bring more diverse and equitable funding to community-based arts organizations, facilitated by Darren, Denise, and Matt. They examined how collective efforts to shift funding practices can influence and inform the national agenda on CYD, and learn how they can leverage collaboration and work together to maximize impact and achieve goals.
In the evening, a cross-sector audience of CYD stakeholders gathered for a reception and panel discussion led by youth who participate in CYD organizations throughout San Diego County. The conversation centered on power – who has it, who needs it, and how we can share it. Youth also showcased their work through dance, spoken word, music, photography, and video productions, and issued a call to action for CYD professionals to continue examining the ways we center youth voice in our work.
Through the support of the Clare Rose Foundation, San Diego is the first community to implement the National Action Blueprint in its entirety at a local level. The San Diego Creative Youth Development Network has made a commitment to harnessing their collective strength to build the field of Creative Youth Development in order to provide more equitable access to young people in the region.
Americans for the Arts has 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 areas of focus of these papers are:
- Program Development
- Advocacy and Policy
- Working in Social Justice
- Program Evaluation
- Preparing Artists & Educators
- Working with Youth
- Funding, Sustainability, and Partnerships
The second landscape analysis to be released is Trends in Creative Youth Development Programs, by Denise Montgomery.
Creative youth development is a dynamic field. A fierce commitment to young people actively shaping programs and to programs reflecting ever-changing communities, coupled with reflection and refinement, means that CYD program practices are continuously in development.
Drawing on the youth development literature, literature specific to creative youth development, and exchanges with CYD practitioners, in this landscape analysis I discuss five current trends in CYD program development. These five trends include: Holistic Approaches Growing as Needs Grow, Collaboration Across Sectors, New Generation of Program Staff with New Approaches, Scaling by Depth, and Establishing Creative Career Pathways. What forces are catalyzing these trends, and what do they look like in practice? Check out this quick read to find out more. The paper also includes an overview of the historical foundation of CYD program development and a summary of underpinning research.
Following discussion of the trends, you will find recommendations for action and for further exploration. As the field is ever-evolving, I invite you to be in communication regarding your work in creative youth development with any comments, ideas, and practices you would like to share or perhaps jointly explore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join colleagues, collaborators, youth leaders, and distinguished national guests for a day of learning, sharing, and activation.
We know that San Diego is a leader in Creative Youth Development, with organizations coming together to implement the National Blueprint on a local level and continually improving practices to maximize our collective impact. And, we also know there are still many challenges we face as a sector.
This day-long Summit includes trainings and networking opportunities for administrators, teaching artists, youth, board members, funders, and partners to come together to ensure that all young people in San Diego have access to world-class CYD programs.
The Creative Youth Development National Partnership is comprised of organizations and individuals who are committing time, energy, and resources to implementing the National Action Blueprint, a “roadmap document” created with input from over 650+ stakeholders in the field. It identifies and prioritizes actionable strategies for increasing equitable access to creative youth development (CYD) for children and youth in the United States.
The Partnership—comprised of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Mass Cultural Council, and Americans for the Arts—formed in 2014 to organize and accelerate cross-sector advancement of CYD as a field of practice and oversee the implementation of the 2014 policy agenda, Collective Action for Youth. Building on this agenda, as well as research and input from hundreds of stakeholders—youth, practitioners, researchers, funders, and stakeholders from allied youth sectors—the Partnership developed the National Action Blueprint to prioritize actionable strategies in three strategic areas: Visibility & Impact, Funding, and Field-Building.
Now, in 2019, the partnership continues the goals of Blueprint implementation, but has expanded the National Partnership 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.
Learning Series Continues – Working in Social Justice
September 24, 3-4pm (ET), Free
Social justice in the field of creative youth development (CYD) means working with youth from multiple identities to expand and nurture their analytic sensibilities, creativity, self-reflection, and critical thinking skills to engage them in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and intersectional justice. It also means promoting and supporting youth culture as a mechanism to drive youths’ understanding of and ability to challenge racial violence, and structural and systemic oppression.
Join Dr. Bettina Love for a discussion of key insights and recommendations presented in her recently released paper, “Working in Social Justice,” published by Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership. Dr. Love will be joined by three nationally-recognized CYD practitioners.
- Bettina Love, author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.
- Ashley Hare, Co-Founder, RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ and National Coordinator, CYD National Partnership
- Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell, Brooklyn, NY
- Mika Lemoine, Mentor Teaching Artist, Destiny Arts Center, Oakland, CA
Read the “Working in Social Justice” landscape analysis paper in advance of the webinar.
Watch the September 24 recording
This learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. One of the National Partners, Americans for the Arts, recently spearheaded the development of 7 written briefs authored by field experts 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.
Thanks to the organizations who answered our call for youth videos! These incredible clips on our website showcase stories of youth experiences in leadership, racial equity and social justice, and collective action in their communities across the country.
Here’s the entry from SpyHop Productions:
The National Guild’s 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education, taking place October 30–November 2 in Austin, TX, will feature a Creative Youth Development track with workshops inspiring and engaging for both adults and young artists. Up to 40 day passes are available for young artists ages 13-20 to attend Thursday and/or Friday sessions (first-come, first-served). Early registration deadline is September 18.
Request Day Pass (Young Artists)
Register for the Conference for Community Arts Education (Adults)
In partnership with the conference, the National Young Artists Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 (separate registration required). This full-day summit is entirely designed and led by young people, and provides opportunities for young artists ages 13-20 from a range of artistic disciplines to connect, create, and celebrate. The Summit is free for youth, and travel stipends are available. Registration deadline is October 16.
The National Youth Arts Summit Youth Planning Team is currently seeking proposals to present, perform, or share work at the 2019 National Young Artists Summit on Saturday, November 2 in Austin, TX. Young artists, ages 13-20, are encouraged to apply by Thursday, August 22, 5pm (ET). Honorariums are included.
Trends in CYD Programs
August 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, Free
Creative youth development programs, with their grassroots and community-based origins, are a heterogeneous field of practice that has in recent years codified characteristics of high quality CYD through a series of frameworks. At the same time, CYD practitioners are committed to reflection and ongoing refinement, to programs being actively shaped by young people, and being connected to and a reflection of their communities. Therefore, CYD program practices are continuously in development.
Join us for an overview of the soon-to-be published Trends in CYD Programs landscape analysis from Americans for the Arts and the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. During the webinar, researcher Denise Montgomery of CultureThrive will discuss five current trends in CYD program development:
- Holistic Approaches Growing as Needs Grow
- Collaboration Across Sectors
- New Generation of Program Staff with New Approaches
- Scaling by Depth
- Establishing Creative Career Pathways
Denise will be joined field experts who will share their perspectives as practitioners and who will bring depth and dimension to this national conversation.
Watch the August 28 recording
Read the “Trends in CYD” landscape analysis (PDF)
Learn more about our previous session – Working with Youth
This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership in collaboration with the Grantmakers for Education Arts Education Impact Group. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.