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First Lady Recognizes Two Guild Members at White House

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Nov 21, 2013

Guild members Boston Children's Chorus (Boston, MA) and Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy (Brooklyn, NY) are among twelve recipients of the 2013 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. 

Students from all twelve programs have been invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to receive the award on Friday, November 22. The ceremony will include a live performance of African music and dance by the Ifetayo Youth Ensemble, as well as performances by several other awardees.

The programs were recognized for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment, as well as improve literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness. The awardees were chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists.
“Through these programs, young people are discovering their creative voices, developing a stronger sense of who they are as individuals, and gaining a deeper understanding of the world around them,” wrote Mrs. Obama in the program for the award ceremony. “And, as young people navigate today’s challenges, the programs we are honoring offer safe harbors that cultivate enthusiasm for learning, support academic achievement, and promote college readiness.”
In addition to Boston's Children's Chorus and Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, the 2013 award recipients also include:
  • Art Reach, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
  • CEPA’s Community-Based Youth Education Program, Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Buffalo, NY
  • Fabulous Females/Temporary LockDown, Storycatchers Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • Investigating Where We Live, National Building Museum, Washington, DC
  • OrchKids: Planting Seeds for a Bright Future, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, MD
  • Pearl Bailey Youth Program, Newport News Public Library System, Newport News, VA
  • Project AIM, Creative Kids, El Paso, TX
  • Project Discovery, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas, TX
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Brooklyn, NY
  • WriteGirl, Community Partners, Los Angeles, 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), and is presented 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 Boston Children's Chorus
The Boston Children’s Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city’s diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony. Learn More
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy
Ifetayo Cultural Arts is an arts and cultural organization dedicated to supporting the creative, educational and vocational development of youth and families of African descent. Ifetayo provides programs in performing and visual arts, as well as cultural awareness, academic enrichment, health and wellness, and professional skills development. Learn More

Photo (left to right): Representatives from Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Brooklyn, NY and Boston Children's Chorus, Boston, MA at the White House award ceremony.

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