Deep Dive: Program Development

Thursday, June 14, 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Attendees will explore the landscape of effective practices in Program Development. 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 Program Development work in the CYD field.



Noah Martin
Director of Teen Programs
Creative Action
Austin, Texas

Noah Martin is a teaching artist, director, and theatre maker based in Austin, Texas. His work with youth and adults is focused on collaborative theatre-making processes and arts experiences that build community and foster meaningful social dialogue. He is Director of Teen Programs at Creative Action and the Artistic Director of Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble, a creative youth development program that brings together teens from around Austin to create and tour original shows about violence prevention and healthy relationships. He has created and directed dozens of original shows with people of all ages in Austin, Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, including an annual bicycle pageant seen by hundreds of pedaling audience members. Martin holds a degree in theatre education from Western Washington University and a masters degree in drama and theatre for youth and communities from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jessica A Nuñez
Explorers Program Coordinator
Newark Museum
Newark, New Jersey

Jessica Nuñez is the Explorers Program Coordinator at the Newark Museum. She focuses on Youth Development and Community Outreach. Prior to the Newark Museum, she developed Family Programming for the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She was awarded the Bill Moggridge Professional Development Grant, which allowed her to obtain a Certificate in Child Care Management, Early Childhood Education and Teaching from New York University School of Professional Studies. Under her leadership, the Explorers Program received the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for creative youth development. Her vision is greatly inspired by her time in the Explorers Program as a teen. Jessica has her Master’s Degree in Spanish Translation and Interpreting from Rutgers University. Ms. Nuñez recently completed the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship from the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. She is greatly interested in enhancing museum education with cultural advocacy and youth organizing.

Denise Montgomery
Founder & Principal
San Diego, California

Denise is founder and principal of CultureThrive, a consulting practice with a primary focus on arts and culture and youth development. Denise’s research has been covered by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Youth Today, among other media outlets.

She contributed a chapter, The Arts and Creative Youth Development, to Youth Development Principles and Practices in Out-of-School Time Settings (2018). Working on behalf of the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, Denise is lead author of the National Action Blueprint, Youth. Creativity. Now. Building Opportunities and Support for Creative Youth Development (2018).

Denise wrote “The Rise of Creative Youth Development,” published in Arts Education Policy Review Journal (2016) and Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs From Urban Youth and Other Experts (2014), commissioned by the Wallace Foundation.

Denise has held leadership positions as Director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, as Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.