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Culture empowers.

Creative Youth Development programs foster creative expression while supporting core social and emotional skills, engaging young people of all ages as empowered agents in their own lives. As a practice, Creative Youth Development draws from a belief that culture plays a major role in the growth of creative, productive, and independent-minded citizens and thriving communities. That’s why we’ve been supporters of the field since its inception.


Multi-year grants to Creative Youth Development programs that integrate substantive out-of-school arts, humanities, and science opportunities into a collaborative community response to the needs of youth.

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Program Planning Resources

Find a comprehensive set of resources, tools, and frameworks for Creative Youth Development through the Youth Arts Impact Network web site.

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Johnson String Project

Dedicated to ensuring that all students in Creative Youth Development programs in Massachusetts have access to high quality string instruments. Students are guaranteed a quality instrument that they can exchange as they grow and can have them maintained and repaired at no cost.

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Youth Arts Impact Network

Mass Cultural Council is partnering with EdVestors to extend the offer of services, expertise, and resources of the Youth Arts Impact Network to organizations across the Commonwealth.

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Useful Links

A standing list of links showcasing some of the funding, services, and resources available to support the dynamic work of creative and cultural organizations

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