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Creative Youth Development Initiative Touted by First Lady


On November 15, 2016, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards – the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school time youth development programs that employ the arts and humanities – were presented at the White House. During her introductory remarks, Michelle Obama touted the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, an initiative supported by the National Guild and its partners that seeks to support organizations that intentionally integrate the arts, sciences, and humanities with youth development principles.

The 2016 NAHYP awardees include 13 exemplary, out-of-school time youth development programs, including Guild member Sphinx Overture (Detroit, MI). 

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Seven Guild Members Awarded Milestone Certificates



Milestone Certificates of Appreciation have been awarded to seven leaders of member organizations. The certificate recognizes their more than 20 year commitment to expanding equitable access to quality arts education. 

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Featured Member

The Eliot School, inspiring lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all, celebrates its 340th birthday this year. Founded in 1676 as a grammar school, it turned its focus to the manual arts in the late 19th century. Today the school is known for its excellent faculty, welcoming atmosphere and small class size. In its historic schoolhouse, it teaches all ages with classes in woodworking and furniture, sewing and fiber arts, book arts, mixed media and more. Its School Partnership Program sends instructors to teach visual arts and woodworking in Boston’s public schools, libraries, and community centers. A scholarship program helps bridge schoolhouse and partnership programs. A Summer Program for Children and Summer Intensives for adults round out the year. All programs stem from core values that link learning and enjoyment, integrity and excellence, community and inclusion, and continuity and change.


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