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Mar 13, 2014

On March 27-29, 2014, youth and adult leaders from out-of-school and community-based youth development programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences, across the country, will convene in Boston for the National Summit on Creative Youth Development. The National Guild will represnt members and the broader community arts education field at the Summit, which it co-hosted in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The goal of the national summit is to engage creative youth development program leaders, funders, policymakers, and researchers to build an action-oriented strategic agenda that they can use to advance the work of out-of-school creative youth development programs.

Based on research commissioned ahead of the Summit, the policy agenda will be organized around five key themes, or planks:

  • Collective Impact for Youth: Connecting creative youth development with broader youth-serving sectors
  • Community Development: Integrating creative youth development with broader community development efforts
  • Social Justice and Social Change: Engaging young people in shaping the world in which they want to live
  • Communicating Impact: More clearly defining creative youth development and more powerfully conveying its impact on young people and their communities
  • Funding and Sustainability: Enhancing funding, leadership, and field-building structures to increase the field’s capacity

At the Summit, participants will organize into five caucuses, each charged with refining the imperative and agenda for one of the planks.
After the summit, the National Guild and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities will take the lead on developing collaborations with other national organizations and agencies to advance the agenda nationwide. We also will support our constituent organizations to promote and implement the agenda locally. Massachusetts Cultural Council has committed to roll out the strategic agenda in the state of Massachusetts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies has committed to disseminate the approach developed in Massachusetts and support leaders in other states to implement the agenda. 
The field of creative youth development is coming of age. The body of knowledge about the work is growing, and a national community of practice is emerging. These efforts to build the field, however, are nascent and decentralized. The Summit is an important step in organizing the field in order to more effectively advocate for its viability, to increase communication within the field, and to encourage greater dialogue between the field and related sectors.
Pictured Above: Sitar Arts Center, Washington, DC.

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