TAG Quarterly Explores Creative Youth Development

Cover from Winter 2019 issue of TAG Quarterly. Artwork by Say Si.
Cover from Winter 2019 issue of TAG Quarterly. Artwork by Say Si.

The Winter 2019 issue of the TAG Quarterly is all about Creative Youth Development! The free online publication from the Teaching Artists Guild was released last week and is full of resources, research, and news from CYD leaders and practitioners across the country. Heather Ikemire of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and member of the CYD National Partnership wrote an article about the Creative Youth Development National Blueprint released in 2018 and its recommendations for moving CYD work forward. Also featured in the issue are Say Si’s Amalia Ortiz, Mara Higgins of Denver’s Alliance for Creative Youth Development, James Miles of Arts Corps, and teaching artist Kim Sabo Flores.

Read the Issue

Designing for Engagement Webinar (Recording Now Available)

Last month, the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Wallace Foundation teamed up to host a free webinar to discuss the recently released Wallace report, “Designing for Engagement: The Experiences of Tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Arts Initiative.”

Designing for Engagement report cover

Attendees heard from researchers and practitioners, covering research findings as well as practical tips from their experiences implementing new programs at Wisconsin Boys & Girls Clubs. The report builds upon the 2013 “Something to Say” report from the Wallace Foundation, which outlined 10 principles of exemplary youth arts programs.

View the Webinar

WANTED: Your Creative Youth Development Videos

Stories of youth experiences in Creative Youth Development have tremendous potential to make a real difference in awareness and support of the CYD movement nationwide and locally.

Our national CYD network is collecting video URLs from practitioners that feature students’ voices and boldly and creatively tell their stories. Short videos will be embedded on the Creative Youth Development National Partnership website to help communicate our collective story more strategically to funders, government agencies, policy makers, organizations, artists, funders, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Submit your organization’s video URL and be included in our national story. This video directory is inclusive.

Video Guidelines

  • 2-3 minutes average length
  • prominent student voice
  • demonstrate CYD core values of creativity, social justice, youth perspective

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018

Here are two examples:


Join Us for the National Young Artists’ Summit

Logo for the National Youth Arts Summit. Designed by Maya Brooks of the Youth Planning CommitteeWhen: November 17 in Baltimore, Maryland
Who: Young Artists and Creatives ages 13-24.

This full-day Summit, entirely designed and led by young people, provides opportunities for youth leaders, ages 13-24, from a range of artistic disciplines, to connect, create, and celebrate.

The Summit has been planned by a core team of young artists from Baltimore, San Diego, and Detroit, who are working in concert with their peers across the country to shape this incredible experience. The Summit is free to youth, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Lunch is provided.

This event is being hosted in concert with the 2018 Conference for Community Arts Education, a national convening which aims to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

Travel Stipends Available. Register by October 30.

Learn More.

Logo Designed by Maya Brooks of the Youth Planning Committee

Questions? Contact Ashley Hare, CYD National Coordinator.

Fall Webinar Series Kicks-Off

We are pleased to announce the first two video chats in our 3-part online learning series this fall. This series is being development by the CYD National Partnership’s Field Building Action Team and is designed to provide opportunities for multiple stakeholders to connect with one another to learn, collaborate, and collectively advance creative youth development.

These conversational-style webinars are free and open to the public.

Healing Centered Practices through Creative Youth Development

Wednesday, October 17
3 – 4pm EST


Join us to learn about different healing centered practices and how an intentional focus on the principles of this approach: safety, choice, collaboration, trustworthiness and empowerment, can support your CYD program outcomes.

Shontina Vernon, Founder and Creative Director, Visionary Justice StoryLab, Seattle, WA
Jana Lynne Umipig, Creative Productions, New York City

Register Now


Supporting Youth-led Activism through Creative Youth Development

Thursday, October 25
3 – 4pm EST


CYD programs work across sectors to engage youth in high quality arts-based programs that make a real impact in our community. To that end, youth who participate in CYD become activists.  Participants both learn about social justice issues and create art work that aims to inspire and activate social change.  Join us to hear from CYD program leaders who are creating opportunities for youth to use their art to make a difference

Ebo Barton, Poet and Artist, Seattle, WA
The Youth Resiliency Institute Amir, Youth Artist, and Fanon Hill, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Baltimore, MD

Register Now

Putting the CYD National Action Blueprint to Work (Recording Now Available)

Learn how you can use the recently released Creative Youth Development (CYD) National Action Blueprint as a resource in your work to advance the role of creativity in youth development. Led by the CYD National Partnership and a cross-sector coalition, this one-hour, interactive forum is designed for CYD practitioners and alumni, funders, researchers, and allied youth sector leaders.
During the forum, we discuss:

  • The CYD National Movement and Blueprint goals
  • How CYD aligns with the priorities of allied youth sectors, including education, juvenile justice, and afterschool
  • Recommendations for advancing CYD in three strategic priority areas
    • VISIBILITY & IMPACT: Documenting and Communicating Outcomes and Impact
    • FUNDING: Expanding Pathways to Funding
    • FIELD BUILDING: Professional Development, Networking, and Technical Assistance

Watch the full recording (1 hr)

See Stories of Impact (2 minutes each)

Hear from multiple stakeholders on how they have applied the Blueprint and its recommendations to their own work and communities:

  • Ashley Hare, Phoenix, AZ (Practitioner), shares how the Blueprint prompted a community meeting for arts practitioners hosted by the state arts commission and a local funder.
  • Matt D’Arrigo, Clare Rose Foundation, San Diego, CA (Funder), shares how a family foundation is supporting the implementation of the Blueprint through the cultivation of a local CYD Network in San Diego.
  • Kaile Shilling, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, Los Angeles, CA (Collaborative), shares how the Blueprint informed AIYN’s policy brief and helped to frame a local effort within a broader, national context.
  • Lauren Stevenson, Project 1324, Adobe, San Francisco, CA (Private Sector), shares how the Blueprint has informed the creation and development of a digital platform to support and connect a global community of young creators.

Ashley Hare Appointed CYD National Coordinator

Ashley HareThe CYD National Partnership is delighted to welcome Ashley Hare as CYD National Coordinator, a role she has been serving in since June. Ashley is coordinating the work of the Partnership’s three, cross-sector Action Teams which are collaborating to achieve strategic goals articulated in the CYD National Action Blueprint in areas of Funding, Visibility and Impact, and Field Building.

Ashley brings deep experience to this position, as both an arts administrator, community organizer, and CYD practitioner. Code-switching as a young, multiracial, queer, female in institutional artistic and political spaces has given Ashley years of insight to collaboratively create effective, long-term strategies towards ending injustice. Ashley has facilitated programming within shelters for homeless youth, group homes, rehabilitation facilities, juvenile detention centers, public and private schools. She is the co-founder of InSite Consultants AZ, an organization that focuses on institutional change to impact equitable outcomes, and recently served as the arts learning director for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. She holds an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a BA in Theatre and Business from Wesleyan College, Georgia. She serves as a board member for the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Ashley has been serving as a member of the CYD National Action Team focused on Expanding Pathways to Funding since October 2017 and served as a facilitator during the 2017 CYD National Stakeholder Meeting in Boston. She is currently collaborating on the development of Americans for the Arts forthcoming CYD Toolkit as a literature review author.

To contact Ashley, please email her at ashleyhare@nationalguild.org.

Webinar on Creating a Collaborative Database for the CYD Field

Tuesday, October 2, 2:30-4:00pm EST
Join Kathe Swaback from Raw Arts and Julia Gittleman from Boston’s Youth Arts Impact Network for an overview of the findings from the report Creating a Collaborative CRM for the CYD Field. Participants will learn about the background, research and next steps for the project that will be of interest to any CYD organization looking to improve their data management systems. Please email lin@edvestors.org to register.

Artist as Instigator: Join ITAC4’s Digital Conference September 13-15, 2018

The Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC4) will be held in the U.S. for the first time in New York City September 13-15, 2018. [Previous conferences were held in Oslo (2012), Brisbane (2014), and Edinburgh (2016).] While the in-person conference is sold out, teaching artists are encouraged to attend digitally.

Digital conference goers will be able to participate online through a live stream of plenary sessions, curated interviews and conversations, along with access to special web-only content. Learn More.

All of the online sessions will be archived on the ITAC website.

Celebrate National Arts in Education Week: September 9-15, 2018

National Arts in Education Week is a Congressionally-designated celebration of the transformative power of the arts in education. The field of arts education annually joins together to bring visibility to the cause, unify stakeholders with a shared message, and provide the tools and resources for local leaders to advance arts education in their communities. Find many ways to celebrate the week alongside 750+ other communities by visiting www.NationalArtsInEducationWeek.org for more information. Are you in for the celebration? If so, please fill out this form.