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Designing for Engagement: The Benefits of High-Quality Arts Programming for Tweens

Published: 2019-02-21

Published on February 21, 2019

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Designing for Engagement Report

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Arts learning programs that intentionally integrate creative skill-building and expression with positive youth development principles fuel young people’s imaginations, strengthen their leadership, and build critical learning and life skills. A newly released Wallace Foundation report—Designing for Engagement: The Experiences of Tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth Arts Initiative—finds tween participants who participated in programs of this kind within general youth-serving organizations improved not only artistic skill, but also social-emotional learning, and had increased club attendance and retention. The study offers empirical evidence of the value of high-quality afterschool arts programs for low-income tweens and suggests lessons for both arts and non-arts youth serving organizations.

Watch this webinar to learn how to deepen your arts learning practice to attract youth and create measurable benefits. You'll gain insights and practical advice about effective practice and program implementation from the perspectives of a researcher, funder, program administrator, and teaching artist. 


  • Peter Rogovin, The Wallace Foundation
  • Wendy McClanahan, McClanahan Associates, Inc.
  • Tracey Hartmann, Research for Action
  • Vedale Hill, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Ben Perkovich, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay

This webinar is ideally suited for arts organizations looking to more intentionally integrate youth development principles into their practice as well as general youth-serving organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, aiming to establish or deepen high-quality arts learning programs at their organizations.