2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardees Named

2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardees. Right: The Summer Performing Arts Company, Grand Forks Public Schools, Grand Forks, ND, Photo: Allison Peterson. Left: Confident Voices, SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, New York, NY, Right:, Photo: Heidi Giacalone.Last month, 12 creative youth development programs from across the country were recognized by the nation’s arts and culture agencies with the highest honor such programs can receive, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

First presented in 1998, the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards was presented through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in cooperation with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

In its 19th year, the award has recognized 285 after-school and out-of-school-time programs for achieving a wide range of outcomes in the lives of children and youth, often from underserved communities across the country. Among the outcomes generated by these programs are higher grades and graduation rates, increased college attendance rates, and skill development ranging from collaboration and critical thinking to leadership and confidence.

“These 12 creative youth development programs represent the best of the best,” said Pam Breaux, president and chief executive officer of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. “They are living proof of the power of the arts and the humanities to build the skills young people need to succeed in school and in life.”

In addition to their recognition by the nation’s arts and culture agencies, each of the 12 community-based programs will receive $10,000. For more information about the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, visit nahyp.org.

2017 Awardees

Brick x Brick
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Miami, FL

Confident Voices
SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young
New York, NY

Cool Classics!
Chicago, IL

Creative Readers
Port Washington Public Library
Port Washington, NY

Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company
Destiny Arts Center
Oakland, CA

High School Apprenticeship Program
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA

MAPS Media Institute
The Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation, Inc.
Hamilton, MT

Newark Museum Explorers
Newark Museum
Newark, NJ

Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s College Prep Program
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Phoenix, AZ

Teen Innovators at BLDG 92
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY

The Penguin Project
The Penguin Project Foundation, Inc.
Peoria, IL

The Summer Performing Arts Company
Grand Forks Public Schools
Grand Forks, ND

International Spotlight Honor

MASC Awesome Arts
MASC (Multi-Cultural Arts for Schools and Communities)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announced

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardees. Left: St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, MO. Photo: Vicki Kahn. Right: Screen It!, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX, Photo: Olivia Tamzarian.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs in the field of Creative Youth Development across the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional creative youth development programs that are taking place from coast to coast.  Continue reading “2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announced”

Deep Center’s After-School Workshops Foster Young Authors in Savannah, Georgia

Left: André Massey, Jr., age 14, talks on behalf of the 2015 NAHYP Awardee, Young Author Project. Photo credit: Steven E. Purcell. Right: Ellexus Hicks reads from an anthology of students’ creative writing at a Deep Speaks event. Photo: Bill Durrence.“Your story is enough, and it matters. So tell it, and tell it well.”

Since 2008, the Deep Center has given youth in Savannah, Georgia the tools and encouragement to write with skill, confidence, and courage. Recognizing that students with poor literacy skills are more likely to drop out, Deep brings free and fun after-school writing instruction to youth in some of the city’s low-performing middle schools. Through instruction, discussion, one-on-one mentoring, and writing exercises, dedicated volunteer Writing Fellows work with students to develop fundamental writing skills and creative self-expression once a week for 11 weeks.  Continue reading “Deep Center’s After-School Workshops Foster Young Authors in Savannah, Georgia”

CYD in Libraries Summer Webinar Series

Our year-long Creative Youth Development (CYD) webinar series continues. While the first sessions focused on CYD fundamentals, this summer’s webinars focus on the growing field of library-based CYD.

In this three-part series presented by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards (NAHYP) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), participants will explore best practices in CYD library programming, learn how the humanities are incorporated into these programs, and review the overall NAHYP application process.  Continue reading “CYD in Libraries Summer Webinar Series”

Armory’s Art High Provides High-End Instruction and Life Skills

Art High Apprentices and Mentors at Work. Art High, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardee. Photos: Armory Center for the Arts.With a firm belief that “arts and arts education are essential components of a well-rounded human experience and a civil community,” the Armory Center for the Arts launched in 2006 an ambitious program called Art High. Its goal: Make out-of-school arts instruction more accessible to the young people of Pasadena, California by providing free year-round classes and mentorship opportunities at parks, schools, and community centers. Continue reading “Armory’s Art High Provides High-End Instruction and Life Skills”

Native Youth Thrive in Tribal Youth Ambassadors Program

Jayden Lim, age 15, speaks on behalf of 2016 NAHYP Awardee, Tribal Youth Ambassadors. Photo credit: Steven E. Purcell.

We are Indian and we are proud. We still sing. We still laugh. We still dream. We still stand. – Jayden Lim

At the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s White House ceremony, which honors programs that are national models in the field of creative youth development, Jayden Lim was the youth speaker on behalf of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Continue reading “Native Youth Thrive in Tribal Youth Ambassadors Program”

Apply for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Images of NAHYP awarded programs

If your organization is offering outstanding out-of-school-time humanities learning opportunities to young people, you may be eligible for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. See if your organization is eligible.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Continue reading “Apply for a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award”

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalists Announced

First Lady Michelle Obama with 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Community Partnership Programs. Photo: Steven Purcell.The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional programs that are taking place from coast to coast.

See the full list of finalists.

2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists Announced

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners – the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services – are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional programs that are taking place from coast to coast.

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