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Jun 11, 2015

Guild Director of Program and Membership Strategy Heather Ikemire represented Guild members and shared information on efforts to advance creative youth development at this year’s Americans for the Arts 2015 Annual Convention in Chicago, IL. The conference (June 12-14) focused on power and empowerment of the individual and the greater community.

Heather presented on the panel, Creative Youth Development: What’s in a Name?,  as part of the workshop intensive, "Big Ideas in Arts Education for Local Arts Leaders." Co-presenters included Matt D’Arigo, founder and CEO, A Reason to Survive (San Diego, CA); and Erik Holmgren, creative youth development manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council (Boston, MA). During the panel, the presenters unpacked recent trends in creative youth development (CYD), looking specifically at the case for additional monetary and policy support for further investment in the infrastructure of the burgeoning CYD field.

Creative youth development programs, which encompass those working in arts-, humanities-, and science-based youth development with an emphasis on creative inquiry and expression, are a dynamic part of community arts education. The National Guild has been working to bring attention to the essential work of organizing and unifying the CYD field. In March 2014, over 200 youth arts practitioners, funders, policymakers, and students convened in Boston for the first-ever National Summit on Creative Youth Development, co-hosted by the National Guild, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The summit produced a policy and advocacy agenda, Collective Action for Youth: An Agenda for Progress Through Creative Youth Development (PDF), and it served as a meaningful step toward widespread progress for programs throughout the United States.

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