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Nov 10, 2014

Guild members Project STEP, Inc (Boston, MA), Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth (Providence, RI), New Ballet Ensemble and School (Memphis, TN), and New Victory Theater (New York, NY) are among the twelve recipients of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This award is the highest national honor recognizing exemplary afterschool and out-of-school time programs from across the country. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award to students from all twelve organizations at a special ceremony at the White House on November 10.

A program of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. The awardees—chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists—are also recognized for improving literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.
“You teach kids more than just skills in the arts and humanities – you light a fire in them; you help them grow emotionally and socially,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at the award ceremony. “And as all of you know, that has an impact on our kids not just their success in the arts and in the humanities but on their success in school and in life.” A video including First Lady Michelle Obama's full remarks on the White House website.
In addition to the four Guild members honored this year, the 2014 recipients also include:
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Chicago, IL)
  • Delta Blues Museum Arts and Education Program (Clarksdale, MS)
  • The Gabriella Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (Aurora, CO)
  • Workshop Houston, Middle School Program (Houston, TX)
  • Publicolor, Inc., Continuum of Design-based Programs (New York, NY)
  • Teens Make History, Missouri History Museum (Saint Louis, MO)
  • TeenSpace Circle of Mentoring, Santa Ana Public Library (Santa Ana, CA)
First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Learn More
About Project STEP, Inc.
Project STEP (String Training and Educational Program) identifies musically talented Black and Latino students and provides them with a comprehensive music training program.  We believe that music can change lives and that the disciplined study of classical music enhances educational opportunities and opens doors for our students and their communities. We set the highest standards for our students, provide mentoring and performance opportunities, and create a network of support for our students and their families.  The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory, and the Boston University School of Music support Project STEP with in-kind donations of space and services, and as advisors on our Board of Directors. Learn More
About Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth
Providence CityArts based in Providence,RI was founded in 1992on the ideal that all youth, regardless of socio-economic background, should have access to quality arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development.  Underpinning CityArts belief is the role of the teaching artist as an agent of change for underserved children who live in the poorest communities within our capital city.  CityArts teaching artists guide and inspire over 1,500+ youth ages 8-14 in free multi-disciplinary arts classes year-round, in afterschool, summer and arts-integration residency programs.  CityArts provides a positive platform for youth to develop skills and creative practice, to express ideas for communities and self, and to celebrate diversity and cultures.  CityArts programs take place in our Southside Broad Street Arts Center, and offsite at public and charter schools and neighborhood agencies. Learn More
About New Ballet Ensemble and School
Founded in 2001, New Ballet is a bridge-building Community School of the Arts, serving youth from every corner of the Midsouth, providing access to excellence in training. Children and adults from vastly diverse economic and cultural backgrounds come together on a daily basis in an arts space where the common denominators are excellence and innovation in dance. The bridges that we build in the process remain a principle focus of the organization’s leadership. With support from our funding partners, need based scholarships serve over 59% of the New Ballet student population. Learn More
About New Victory Theater
The New Victory Theater— New York City’s only performing arts theater exclusively devoted to kids, their families and classmates - bringing exhilarating stories, innovative art forms and unparalleled performers from around the world to our historic stage in Times Square. Since The New Victory Theater opened its doors in 1995, it has become a cultural home for the almost 2 million New Yorkers. The New Victory Theater received a special Drama Desk Award in 2012 for “providing enchanting, sophisticated theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people.” Inspired by the live performances on the New Victory stage, New Victory Education programs strive to be accessible; inviting students, teachers, kids, families and communities of New York City and beyond to play, learn and engage in the arts. Each season, the nationally-recognized and award-winning NEW VICTORY Education programs serve more than 35,000 students from NYC schools and after school programs, 200 teachers who participate in the theater's professional development training and 80 high school and college-aged youth by helping them make personal and academic connections to the arts. The New Victory Education Department is comprised of eight arts educators working in close collaboration with a gifted ensemble of 45-55 Teaching Artists, talented working artists who possess a diverse range of skills, including acting, playwriting, puppetry, hip hop, street theater, circus arts, music, and contemporary dance. Learn More
Pictured Above: Guild member award winners with First Lady Michelle Obama. Project STEP, Inc (Top Left), Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth (Top Right), New Ballet Ensemble and School (Bottom Left), and New Victory Theater (Bottom Right.) 

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