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Nov 17, 2017

At a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in early November, the nation's federal cultural agencies honored twelve Creative Youth Development programs from across the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. Included among the remarkable awardees is Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company from Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA.

First presented in 1998, the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards were 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).

The award was accepted by seventeen year-old Lael Jones, a representative of the Youth Performance Company. “In this political climate even though people feel silenced I don’t feel silenced. We are recognized for what we do, what we’re moving for,” said Lael.

“I believe that when we tell stories in honest, skillful, elegant ways, we inspire people to make change,” says Destiny artistic director Sarah Crowell, who founded the dance program at Destiny Arts, created the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company in 1993, and, in 2017, was awarded the National Guild’s Milestone Award for her 20+ years service to the field.

Learn more about the award and Destiny Arts here.

About Destiny Arts Center

Destiny Arts Center inspires and ignites social change through the arts. For almost 30 years, Destiny Arts Center has provided youth with excellent arts education programs in schools, communities and at its North Oakland arts center. Through dance, theater, martial arts, performance, self-defense, conflict resolution, and leadership training, Destiny programs develop young people into peaceful, powerful and creative young adults.  DAC programs serve over 500 youth at the Center and up to 2,500 youth through residencies in dozens of K-12 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area with a focus on serving Oakland schools with the least access to the arts. 

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