Americans for the Arts: YouthArtsArts Programs for Youth at Risk: The Handbook
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Define Each Partner's Role in the Day-to-Day Running of the Program

As discussed in the Program Planning section, multiple layers of collaboration are needed to run an arts program for at-risk youth. At the top is the collaboration among administrative partners—government agencies, schools, arts councils, and other arts organizations. Next is the collaboration among artists, teachers, and probation officers. At the program activity level, "where the rubber meets the road," is the collaboration among artists and youth.

This section details the roles and responsibilities of the team members for all three YouthARTS sites, including program manager, artist, on-site program coordinator, social worker, and more.

For example, a program manager

  • maintains the collaborative partnership with juvenile justice, social workers, and educators
  • develops and tracks the budget
  • oversees planning model sessions with the artists and probation officers
  • oversees program evaluation
  • ensures a sufficient number of participant referrals
  • interviews and hires artist instructors
  • supervises and evaluates artists
  • oversees the program coordinator if there is one
  • develops training
  • attends sessions as needed to monitor the program
  • plans and oversees the production and display of youth-created art

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Select a program team
Design your training sessions
Develop curriculum for arts instruction
Define roles of each partner for day-to-day program
Plan program logistics
Assess training needs and evaluate artists

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