Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project Honored as 2012 Excellence in Collaboration Award Winner


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The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that the Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project (BYAEP), led by Raw Art Works, a youth and arts education organization in Lynn, has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Excellence in Collaboration Award. The Excellence Awards are given each year to outstanding nonprofit organizations and professionals in the Commonwealth as part of MNN’s Nonprofit Awareness Day, a statewide holiday recognizing the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.

The Boston Youth Arts Evaluation Project was selected for the Nonprofit Excellence Award in Collaboration for its creation of an unprecedented assessment process for youth arts programming. With funding for youth arts programs declining, Raw Art Works collaborated with Zumix, The Theater Offensive, Medicine Wheel Productions, and the Hyde Square Task Force to create BYAEP to develop and pilot specific tools to measure tangible impact areas of youth arts programs. BYAEP redesigned existing programs and created a handbook for its measurement standards that has been distributed nationally.  It also created new programs to more effectively influence the lives of youth through exposure to the arts, which has created more meaningful ties to their community and a positive outlet for youth creativity and self-discovery. Through efficient and creative collaboration, BYAEP has tailored a process to construct and assess quality arts programming for Boston area youth.

Excellence Award winners were nominated by community members and their peers and are selected by an independent panel of nonprofit leaders. This year, MNN received 122 Nonprofit Excellence Award nominations.

“Nonprofits enrich our communities, our economy, and our lives in countless ways,” said Rick Jakious, CEO of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. “Nonprofit Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the critical role the sector plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and celebrate seven organizations that stand out as examples of excellence in the sector.”

Nonprofit Excellence Award Finalists and winners were celebrated at 2012 Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration at the Massachusetts State House on June 11. Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and Speaker Robert DeLeo served as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and the event was emceed by NECN Anchor Kristy Lee. View the other winners at


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