Youth arts work involves, by necessity and design, the collaboration of young people, youth workers and artists – and this combination of people and purpose is powerful when approached in a meaningful way.
Various artistic mediums are used to address young people’s needs and various issues they face, and I have experienced the direct benefits for young people and organisations using the approaches described below when they engage in arts practice.
It is important that proper consideration is given to the planning and delivery of these programmes to ensure successful outcomes for all involved. The greatest single learning I have taken is the importance of sharing resources, learning and ideas across individual practitioners, groups, projects and organisations. For that reason, I am suggesting some useful tips for anyone who wants to begin and maintain youth arts within their organisation.