Free Guild Resource / Webinar

CYD Toolkit Series: Preparing Artists and Educators

Published: 2020-04-28

Preparing artists and educators for creative youth development practice requires more than basic orientation and professional development. Artists and educators must have a commitment to honor young people’s lived experiences and to support their stories and dreams through creative expression. They must create environments where racial equity, youth voice, and collective action are central. In this fifth webinar in the CYD Toolkit Series, Travis Laughlin discusses key trends and recommendations from his landscape paper, “Preparing Artists and Educators,” published by Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership. Some of these recommendations include hiring practicing artists and staff of diverse backgrounds, equity training, and authentic community engagement rooted in reciprocity and respect.

In this webinar, Travis will be joined by teaching artists and other practitioners of this work. This virtual learning series is brought to you by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. One of the National Partners, Americans for the Arts, recently spearheaded the development of 7 written briefs authored by field experts as part of the first phase of a creative youth development toolkit for the field. All webinars are hosted by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and made possible by generous support from the Clare Rose Foundation.


Moderator: Paula Ortega, Rising Youth Theatre, RE:frame Youth Art Center, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Phoenix, AZ

Author: Travis Laughlin, Arts Education Cultural Worker, Ossipee, NC

Responder: Micky Johnson, The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble (CLYTE), Creative Action, Austin, TX

Responder: Heleya de Barros, Arts Corps, Association of Teaching Artists, Seattle, WA