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Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project

Artwork by RAW Art Work alumnus Thonah Ep

From 2008-2012 Raw Art Works collaborated with Zumix, The Theater Offensive, Medicine Wheel Productions, and the Hyde Square Task Force to form the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP). BYAEP developed a framework and tools to measure the three main outcome areas which are characteristic of arts-based youth development programs:

I CREATE: builds artistic, problem solving, and expressive skills.
Youth develop skills in artistic engagement, problem solving, critical thinking, and expression.

I AM: strengthens identity.
Youth develop confidence, knowledge of self, an informed cultural identity, and a positive view of their future.

WE CONNECT: develops community.
Youth develop meaningful relationships and civic engagement as they contribute to and are recognized by an inclusive community.

Mass Cultural Council supports all five BYAEP organizations through our YouthReach Initiative and served as an advisor to the four-year collaboration. We are happy to share with the field this rich collection of resources and tools for program evaluation developed through BYAEP as a significant contribution to the field.

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