Category Archives: Opportunities & Resources

Opportunities & Resources – June 22

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

Reopening Resources

Webinars

CYD Toolkit Series: Program Evaluation – June 23, 1-2pm
In this 7th webinar in the CYD Toolkit Series, Justin Jalea discusses trends and recommendations from his landscape paper on Program Evaluation, (an Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership). He will be joined by practitioners that are integrating youth participation in program evaluation and using data to boldly and creatively demonstrate impact.

Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools June 23, 5-6:30pm
A conversation with Bettina Love, Gholdy Muhammad, Dena Simmons and Brian Jones about abolitionist teaching and antiracist education.

Community Initiative Team Check-In on Public ArtJune 24, 3-4pm
Join Mass Cultural Council’s Community Initiative Team for a conversation on public art-and policy-making across the Commonwealth.

Mass Festivals: To Go Virtual or Not?June 25, 2-3:30pm
Join Mass Cultural Council’s Community Team for a virtual panel discussion on the decision-making process for doing online or virtual events.

American Policing and Protest: Abolition and Ethics from Slavery to Current Times – June 29, 1-2pm
The Radcliffe Institute will bring together experts to examine the historical roots of policing and responses to state violence.

Teens and CYD Alums

The Virtual National Youth Summit on Education, Justice, and Leadership – June 24, 1-1:30pm
A virtual opportunity to engage twice weekly with leading experts on education, justice, entrepreneurship, engineering, and more. Sessions begin each Wednesday at 1pm and 5pm.

Pandemic and Protests: An Online Town Hall for Black Teens  – June 26, 3-4pm
Processing the effects of systematic racism and the isolation of a pandemic at the same time is a lot, especially for teens separated from usual support systems like school and sports. This town hall connects Black teens and professionals to shed light on healing and activism.

BASQUAIT!Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation and learn more about Basquiat, his peers, and New York’s post-graffiti era. DIVE INTO “WRITING THE FUTURE”

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.

ArtsBoston offers 10 Podcasts to Make Your Commitment to Anti-Racism a Long Term One.

Artist Opportunities are posted every Tuesday on Mass Cultural Council’s ArtSake blog.

NPR aired a segment on encouraging white people to reflect on how race has shaped their lives: There Is No Neutral

Community Conversations

Boston Relief Artist Fund and Resources group meeting with Office of Arts and Culture, Artist Resource Manager Julia Ryan. June 16 4-5pm. Register now.

National Guild for Community Arts Education hosts:

Social Justice Resources

cover art for "No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide"

The core values of Creative Youth Development – racial equity and social justice, youth voice, and collective action – must be centered now more than ever.

Resources for Talking about Race

Resources for Talking with Young People

Resources for White Allies

Opportunities & Resources – June 5

New Narratives: Reclaiming Asian Identity Through Story
Call for Artists: Unbound Visual Arts invites Boston-area Asian and Asian American creatives to submit work that explores notions of Asian identity within the U.S. Deadline: June 22, 2020.

Teaching for Equity and Justice: An Online Equity Summit
Facing History and Ourselves hosts the online seminar from July 20-23, 2020. Learn more.

Advocate for Arts Education during COVID-19
MassCreative offers some actions you can take.

NAAC Boston Virtual Socials
The Network for Arts Administrators of Color (NAAC) Boston hosts virtual socials every Tuesday from 5-7pm on Zoom. Learn more.

PBS to Address Race and Racism in America through Broadcast and Streaming Content

  • June 5 at 9pm – Race Matters: America in Crisis: A PBS Newshour Special
  • June 15 at 9pm –  American in Black and Blue 2020

Learn More.

Weekly Call with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture
Each Friday from 3-4pm, the Mayor’s Office connects weekly (via video conference call) with local arts organizations to share a briefing on the coronavirus from the City, what resources are available to you, followed by time for you to voice your questions, concerns, and suggestions. Learn more.

Opportunities & Resources – May 27

Woman making a 2D art work at the Care Center in Holyoke. Photo: Käthe Swaback.Artists 14+

Radical Imagination for Racial Justice
MassArt and the City of Boston announced a $1.2 million award from the Surdna Foundation to support artists of color who live or work in Boston (artists of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society. This three-year regranting program titled Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) is in partnership with MassArt and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, who will distribute funds to artists seeking to advance racial justice through 260 collaborative projects in their communities.  Application deadline extended to July 8, 2020.

Teaching Artists

Nominations Open for 2020 ATA Awards
The Association of Teaching Artists Awards aim to increase the visibility of teaching artists working within the arts in education and community arts fields, and celebrate the organizations and institutions where they work as well as honor innovation in teaching artistry.  Nominations will be accepted for: Innovation in Teaching Artistry Award, Teaching Artist Ally Award, Distinguished Service to the Field Award. Teaching artists of any artistic discipline are eligible for consideration. Nominations will be accepted until June 5, 2020.  Submit a nomination.

Survey for Creative Workers + Artists
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston and MassCreative are gathering information about creative workers and artists in Massachusetts to help advocate for freelancers, gig workers, and the self-employed in our cultural communities to get the support they need. Complete the survey.

Teens and CYD Alums

Books of Hope
Young people ages 13-19 are encouraged to submit to the Massachusetts Youth Writers Anthology 2020. This will be a published collection of poems and other pieces of writing from young people. Submission deadline: May 30.

826 Boston
The 826 Boston Youth Literary Advisory Board is now accepting poems, narratives, essays, and original artwork about self-identity to be featured in a professionally bound book. Students who are residents of Boston in grades 7-12 are welcome to submit their writing or artwork. Submission deadline: June 7 by midnight. Submit your work.

CYD National Youth Network Meeting
Every Friday from 7-8:30pm (ET) the National Youth Network offers a space for and by young artists ages 13-24 from all across the United States, to check in with each other, and to share challenges and opportunities to thrive together. Meetings explore different ways to combine art forms and artistically express, share, and create. Register to join.

CYD Programs

Adapting Culminating Events for Right Now in Creative Youth Development
Respond to this short survey to share your strategies, ideas, and challenges. CultureThrive and The Clare Rose Foundation will share the creative ways that young people and the programs they are part of are being nimble. Everyone who responds to the survey will receive the survey findings.

US/UK Longitudinal Study
The University of Florida and University College London invites participation in a study on enforced social isolation and mental health – the psychosocial effects of quarantine during COVID-19.

Image: Woman making a 2D art work at the Care Center in Holyoke. Photo: Käthe Swaback.

Resources Available from META Fellowship Learning

Dr Bettina Love leading a session with META Fellows in 2018.
Dr Bettina Love leading a session with META Fellows in 2018.

The META Fellowship, a partnership between Mass Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation, is the first program of its kind to convene a statewide community of music educators and teaching artists.

In an effort to make the learning of the Fellowship more broadly available, we are pleased to announce that the META Fellowship web site is now live. The site contains resources that were created to meet shared needs in classrooms throughout the Commonwealth and a list of professional development opportunities that Fellows utilized during the pilot program. As the second cohort of Fellows complete their Fellowship, more resources and tools will be added.

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Register for a Two-Part Trauma-Informed Practice Training

Riverside Trauma Center trainingJoin Mass Cultural Council for a two-part Trauma-Informed Practice Training with the Riverside Trauma Center.

The goal of this comprehensive two-day training is to prepare teaching artists and leaders in the cultural sector to deliver basic behavioral health disaster response skills to young people that have experienced trauma from large-scale disasters or critical events such as homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, and similarly distressing events. Participants will be presented with the evolution of efforts to assist survivors following trauma and provided with an overview of the human stress response and how it affects the choice of interventions with distressed individuals. The Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) continuum of interventions and the eight core functions of Psychological First Aid (PFA) will be taught.

The training comprises two 6.5 hour days.  Participants must commit to both days. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.

Friday, October 18: Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress St, Boston, MA

Saturday, October 26: Community Art Center
119 Windsor St # 6, Cambridge, MA

9-9:30am: Registration, coffee etc.
9:30am-12pm: Session time
12-1pm: Lunch
1-5pm: Session

The training is free and limited to two representatives  per organization.

For more information, contact Erik Holmgren at 617-858-2731.

Register Now

Adobe Offering Grants, Software to Organizations

Young people working on computers

Adobe has some open opportunities available for Creative Youth Development organizations, including:

  • Grants to support Projects & Collaborations (up to $7k)
  • Hardware grants (up to $5k)
  • Free access to Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Premiere, Lightroom, In Design, etc.)
  • Webinars to support learning across CYD organizations

There are currently about 50 organizations around the world that are engaged in the network through one or more of the above opportunities.

Learn more

 

WANTED: Your Creative Youth Development Videos

Our national CYD network is collecting video URLs from practitioners that feature students’ voices and boldly and creatively tell their stories. Short videos will be embedded on the Creative Youth Development National Partnership website to help communicate our collective story more strategically to funders, government agencies, policy makers, organizations, artists, funders, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Submit your organization’s video URL and be included in our national story. This video directory is inclusive.

Video Guidelines

  • 2-3 minutes average length
  • prominent student voice
  • demonstrate CYD core values of creativity, social justice, youth perspective

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2018

Share Your Video URLs