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.

Utilizing case studies and stories from organizations around the world, the evolution and impact of CYD is traced alongside the development of the youth development field. Looking forward, this book is an important step in moving youth development into the center of music learning in schools, community based settings, higher education and professional performance settings.

Erik Holmgren of Mass Cultural Council authored a chapter called, “Changing the Ecology of Music Learning: Lessons from Creative Youth Development,” and the book was edited by Larry Scripp of the New England Conservatory and Brian Kaufmann from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Youth Opportunity: Join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team

National Young Artists Summit logoYouth leaders currently in 9-12th grade are encouraged to apply by June 3, 2019, to join the National Young Artists Summit 2019 Planning Team. The Summit will be held on Saturday, November 2 in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the national Conference for Community Arts Education.

The Summit brings together youth, ages 13-24, from across the country to share their artistry; participate in workshops on topics such as leadership, racial equity, and arts entrepreneurship; and organize towards a collective call to action. It is a program of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership.

As a team member, you would be responsible for designing this year’s Summit, leading sessions, and reaching out to other young artists to participate. The Team consists of up to 10 youth members who serve for a minimum term of six months, and meets virtually once a week from June-October (usually Wednesdays, from 5-6pm ET). Team members are expected to attend all meetings; actively participate in all planning, coordination, and facilitation activities; and be present for the Youth Summit (arriving Friday, Nov. 1 in Austin and participating in the Summit all day on Saturday, Nov. 2).

The 2019 Conference for Community Arts Education is a national convening which aims to ensure all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

Questions? Contact Ashley Hare, National CYD Coordinator.

Apply By June 3

Afterschool Matters Call for Papers

Afterschool Matters is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting professionalism, scholarship, and consciousness in afterschool education. Published by the National Institute on Out-of-School-Time (NIOST) with legacy support from the Robert Bowne Foundation, Afterschool Matters serves practitioners who work with youth in out-of-school time (OST) programs, as well as researchers and policymakers in youth development. They are seeking articles for future issues, beginning with Spring 2020. Scholarly or practice-based work on all aspects of OST programming for children and youth, from a variety of disciplines and academic perspectives, will be considered.

Submissions are due no later than May 25, 2019.

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CYD National Partnership Co-Hosts Track at BOOST in May

The Clare Rose Foundation, in partnership with the CYD National Partnership, is 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.

Creative Youth Development: Leading Edge Practices Fueling Youth Engagement
CYD is in an unprecedented era of program innovation, cross-sector partnerships, and funding diversification. In this series of workshops, leaders from across the United States will share their pioneering work, including in CYD and social justice; new, youth-report assessment tools; initiatives supporting creative career pathways; and collaborations with sectors including health, education, and juvenile justice.

Regular registration closes March 31 and late registration closes April 15. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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