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The National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) has launched a first of its kind Directory of Creative Aging Programs in America, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, MetLife Foundation, and The Michelson Foundation. The National Guild advised NCCA and the NEA on the development of the Directory.
Pictured above: Elders Share the Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Our current initiatives focus on critical challenges and opportunities in community arts education, delivering information and services to help constituents thrive and succeed in today's environment.
The Creative Youth Development (CYD) Initiative aims to expand the reach and impact of out-of-school time and community programs in arts-, humanities-, and science-based youth development; catalyze the development of new programs, develop a national network of CYD leaders, and advocate for greater investment in the creative potential of America’s young people.
Components include the Guild's guidebook, "Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts" (2011); training opportunities; Creative Youth Development Interest Group; and efforts to advance the field in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations, including co-hosting the National Summit on Creative Youth Development in 2014.
Partners in Arts Education is a national initiative to identify and study best practices in K-12 arts education partnerships and foster their replication. The Guild distributes best-practices guides, makes grants, and produces training institutes to support high-quality, sustainable arts education partnerships with public schools. Our study, The Practice of Partnership: High-Impact Arts Education Partnerships with K-12 Schools, which reports findings and best practices learned from the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program, will be released in April.
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With the coming of the "elder boom" and research indicating that arts participation is good for older adults' general health and wellness, the National Guild is supporting work to promote the start-up and development of participatory arts programs for older adults:
A free recording of our webinar, Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts, is available in our archive.
Pictured above: SAY Si, San Antonio, TX
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