Progress Report

National Partnership Progress Report

January 2

National Guild Launches CYD Compendium

Screenshot of Guild's CYD compendium page

National Guild launches compendium of key CYD research resources.

December 3

Mass Cultural Council Creates 1st State Program to Support El Sistema Music Education

A man teaches a girl the violin as part of Kids 4 Harmony, a program of Berkshire Children and Families.

This week the Mass Cultural Council launched the first state initiative in the U.S. to bring music education to underserved youth through programs inspired by El Sistema.

SerHacer (To Make, To Be) will provide pilot grants, musical instruments, and technical support to nine youth music programs across Massachusetts. Led by local schools and social service providers, each program employs teaching and learning models based on El Sistema, which has lifted thousands of poor, disenfranchised children out of poverty through intensive musical training and social support in Venezuela, Argentina, & elsewhere. SerHacer will also fund new research to advance studies that show how making music helps children develop essential executive functioning skills such as focus, planning, and problem-solving.

November 14

CYD Featured at National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 2014 Conference

Cover slide from Creative Youth Devlopmentment Beyond the School Day presentation

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents “Creative Youth Development: Beyond the School Day.”

November 10

Term Adoption by Obama Administration

Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program Band Performs in the White House at the 2014 NAHYP Awards Ceremony

The Obama Administration adopted the term “creative youth development” when presenting the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

November 2

1st Pre-conference workshop and CYD track at Guild’s Conference

Youth performing at National Guild's 2014 conference. Image by Timothy Norris.Pre-conference workshop and CYD track at Guild’s 2014 Conference for Community Arts Education.

October 13

Presentation – Grantmakers in the Arts Conference

GIA 2014 conference graphicSession on Creative Youth Development: An Agenda for Collective Action at Grantmakers in the Arts 2014 Conference organized by Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education. Moderated by Anita Walker. Presented by Jon Hinojosa and Heather Ikemire.

September 15

ARTSblog Features Salon on CYD

AFTA's Artsblog header graphic

In conjunction with National Arts Education week, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) hosted a weeklong blog salon dedicated to exploring important next steps for the emerging creative youth development sector. Throughout the week AFTA’s Arts Education blog highlighted issues related to research, programming, evaluation, funding, and advocacy, and explored the insights and puzzles presented from leading voices in the field.


September 12

Presentation – Arts Education Partnership National Forum

Arts Education Partnership 2014 National Forum logo

A presentation, Fostering Student Success by Leveraging the Impact of Out of School Time, Creative Youth Development Programs, was made at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, with Jonathan Herman, Traci Slater-Rigaud, Lauren Stevenson, Ph.D., and Robyne Walker Murphy presenting.

June 28

CYD Featured at American Library Association 2014 Conference

Cover art from ALA program book

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities presents on CYD at the 2014 American Library Association Conference.

June 2

National Guild publishes article “CYD Movement Takes Hold” by Denise Montgomery.

June 2014

National Guild publishes article “CYD Movement Takes Hold” by Denise Montgomery.

March 27

National Summit on Creative Youth Development

Summit logo

First-ever National Summit on Creative Youth Development held in March 2014 –

March 18

New Research Sets Stage to Advance Emerging Field of Creative Youth Development

The Mass Cultural Council and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities commissioned a research study, “Setting the Agenda,”  conducted by Lauren Stevenson and released in preparation for the 2014 National Summit on Creative Youth Development.

November 21

Mass Cultural Council Celebrates Two Decades of Public Investment in the Creative Potential of Young People

Mass Cultural Council will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its YouthReach Initiative with a series of events that culminate in a national agenda to propel the field of creative youth development into the next decade. In March the agency will host a national summit, in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities and the National Guild for Community Arts Education, that brings the best and the brightest working at the intersection of the arts, culture and youth development to Boston. And launches a new blog, Seen & Heard, where we will tell stories of young lives transformed through creativity and of the skilled practitioners who made those stories possible.