A growing body of research indicates that creativity and social/emotional intelligence are the keys to helping youth thrive, building strong communities, innovating for economic success and security, and even fostering wellbeing. Register for Catch the Fire to learn how to spark your own creativity, and help others do the same.


Arts programs improve students’ self-confidence, build communication and prob­lem-solving skills in children and teens, and prepare young people to be the resourceful and creative problem solvers that employers seek for today’s work force. (Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies)

Creative arts projects with youth aged 11-16 years had a positive impact on their learning and behaviour. Outcomes included:

  • improved language and literacy skills
  • an increase in motivation
  • a decrease in behavioural problems
  • increased confidence and desire to learn
  • a greater awareness of opportunities available to them after school
  • an improvement in self-confidence, especially among the less able pupils

(Source: “Can creative projects improve the language and literacy skills of our pupils?” Summary review commissioned by the National Teacher Resource Panel for the Teacher Research Conference 2006)

At-risk students with access to the arts in or out of school fare better in school and the workforce and participate more directly in their communities. (Source: US National Endowment for the Arts)

Youth Work

Participation in creative youth development programs, in particular arts-based programs, increases both the capacity and the inclination of young people to take action to positively affect the world around them. (Source: The National Summit on Creative Youth Development)


According to a major IBM survey of more than 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, chief executives believe that—more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision—successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity. (Source: IBM 2010 Global CEO Study)

Creativity has become a focus in university programs, due to demands from the marketplace. (Source: New York Times, “Learning to Think Outside the Box: Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline”)

Research by Google found that psychological safety (a fundamental aspect of PYE’s Creative Community Model) is crucial for successful work teams.


The Society for the Arts in Healthcare in the US published a very comprehensive report showing the results of research on the powerful impact of the arts in hospitals. (Source: State of the Field Report: Arts in Healthcare / 2009)

A review in the American Journal of Public Health found an abundance of evidence that art-based interventions are effective in reducing adverse physiological and psychological outcomes, and expressed the need for more thorough investigation on the impact of arts on healing. (Source: “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature”)

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