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Introducing the CREATE, CONNECT, and CATALYZE Framework

I believe in the power and mystery of naming things. Language has the capacity to transform our cells, rearrange our learned patterns of behavior and redirect our thinking. I believe in naming what’s right in front of us because that is often what is most invisible. – Eve Ensler

Over the past five years Mass Cultural Council, through its work with the CYD National Partnership, has been invested in clearly defining who we are as a field, what we value, and how we can best articulate the many practices and outcomes associated with Creative Youth Development (CYD). Documenting the beauty and depth of what transpires in CYD programs and understanding the crucial ingredients for success has been an important, yet elusive task.

Venn diagram showing how the notions of create, connect, and catalyze intersect into creative youth development

As long as caring and skilled adult artists have mentored young people in their chosen art form, CYD practices have thrived in communities across the United States. But what makes CYD programs different from other arts education experiences? The “Create, Connect, Catalyze” framework attempts to address this question by identifying three outcome areas of CYD programs. By weaving together perspectives from young people alongside perspectives from academic research on creative learning environments, the framework highlights how these creative learning experiences support young people’s connections to themselves, their peers, and their communities for the purpose of a more equitable and just society.

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Inspiration and Education – Aug 10

Cover art for the Toolkit for Health, Arts, Parks, & Equity (HAP-E).

Opportunities & Resources – Aug 3

Artwork by Käthe Swaback
Artwork by Käthe Swaback

Reopening Resources can be found on Mass Cultural Council’s site. For Public Events and Performance Venues see the State Reopening Guidelines for sectors that have been categorized under Phase 3 of reopening, including indoor and outdoor events, indoor recreation, museums and cultural facilities, and theaters and performance venues.

Create, Connect, Catalyze Framework – key impact areas essential to creative youth development. Developed by the CYD National Partnership. Continue reading Opportunities & Resources – Aug 3

Opportunities & Resources – June 22

Untitled piece by Joalis Ayala, Performance Project First Gen member.

Reopening Resources

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Opportunities & Resources – June 15

Artwork by Kathe Swaback
Artwork by Käthe Swaback.

Call to Action: Recently submitted bill H.4755 will set aside and distribute funds to support non-profit arts & cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. We encourage organizations and individuals to submit testimony in support of this bill by June 16, 2020 at 5pm. Learn more.

Harvard/Radcliffe webinar on Music in the Moment on June 18 at 4-5pm. (Excellent past webinars, like Naming Racism, are also available online for free.)

In a 17 minute film, Segregated by Design examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
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