Deep Dive: Funding, Partnerships, Sustainability, Policy, and Advocacy

Thursday, June 14, 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Attendees will explore the landscape of effective practices in Funding, Partnerships, Sustainability, Policy, and Advocacy. Through two examples from exemplary CYD programs, attendees will unpack the current landscape and apply their thinking to their own professional contexts. The session will culminate with a future-oriented interrogation of questions to fuel the future development of tools and resources to support Funding, Partnerships, Sustainability, Policy, and Advocacy work in the CYD field.



Matt D'Arrigo
Director, Creative Youth Development
The Clare Rose Foundation
San Diego, California

D’Arrigo is the Director of Creative Youth Development for the Clare Rose Foundation in San Diego, CA. In his role he helps to strengthen and grow the CYD field locally and regionally by supporting a network of CYD organizations through funding, connecting & convening, helping to document and communicate their impact, and advocating to expand pathways to funding.

D'Arrigo is also the Founder and former CEO of A Reason To Survive (ARTS), a nationally recognized Creative Youth Development organization in National City, CA, His work with ARTS has been the subject of the 2013 Academy Award winning documentary-short “Inocente”, featured on the Today Show, and was a case study in the New York Times best selling book "Decisive" by Chip and Dan Heath.

D'Arrigo is on the Arts Education Advisory Council for Americans for the Arts, and sits on the Creative Youth Development Steering Committee for The National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Ed Spitzberg
Spitzberg Advisors
Bethesda, Maryland

Ed Spitzberg, Principal at Spitzberg Advisors, is a strategic consultant with over 15 years’ experience as a nonprofit leader. Ed has been executive director of nonprofit organizations including Sitar Arts Center, winner of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities' National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award, and a senior development executive for Arena Stage and the Afterschool Alliance, the national voice for the afterschool field. As a performing artist, Ed has produced and performed in sold-out productions, including the winner of the 2015 “Best Overall Show” in the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival.

Prior to his nonprofit career, Ed worked in the corporate arena, including senior product management positions at the Walt Disney Company and an internet start-up, Comedy World. Ed has an MBA in Entertainment Management and Marketing from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.

Zoe Rawson
Director of Youth and Community Justice
Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network
Los Angeles, California

Zoë has worked alongside youth and community as a counselor, advocate and activist for over 20 years. In Los Angeles, she has supported grassroots organizing campaigns as a civil rights attorney challenging the school-to-prison-pipeline and mass incarceration of communities of color. Her work focuses on addressing issues of structural racism and the treatment of Black and Brown youth in the juvenile and criminal system. Zoë currently works with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network supporting their policy advocacy and Youth Arts Liberation and Leadership program. She is also a teaching artist with artworxLA. Zoë believes that everyone is creative and that art is a critical vehicle to explore our social and political environments and to challenge injustices.