2018 GIA Conference
Race, Space, and Place
Oakland, CA  |  October 21–24

Creative Youth Development Through Culturally Relevant Arts Practice

Tuesday, October 23, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Destiny Arts Center (970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA 94608)

Organized by Stan Hutton, senior program officer, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

Presented by Stan Hutton, senior program officer, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

This offsite session will highlight Destiny Arts Center (DAC)’s Creative Youth Development framework. The center’s programs, both onsite and school-based, emphasize culturally relevant arts practice, creativity, and social-emotional learning through reflective and restorative practice. Grantmakers attending this session will see an example of an outstanding studio space designed to facilitate the center’s programs and observe the center’s programs in action. Participants will experience Destiny Arts Center’s value-based practice by learning from youth who are engaged in the center’s programs. The pre-professional youth performance company will present a brief performance, then participate in a panel discussion that will include youth members and Destiny Arts Center staff. Following the panel, session participants will have an opportunity to experience Destiny Arts Center’s collaborative professional development approach. If time allows, the session will conclude with the observation of Destiny Arts Center hip hop dance programming. A 2017 recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, Destiny Arts Center is a deeply rooted 30-year-old arts organization whose mission is to inspire and ignite social change through the movement arts.