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    Ella Dostal appears in Mary Poppins, a production of The Summer Performing Arts Company, which offers training in drama and music to children and teens. Photo: Allison Peterson
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    Apprentices develop public engagement skills during their training at the New Bedford Whaling Museum; from left: Christina Connett, Joshua Goncalves, Maria Cardoso, and Darlene Duarte. Photo: New Bedford Whaling Museum
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    Confident Voices strengthens the verbal communication and social skills of youth who stutter, such as Muhammed and Isiah, featured in this short play project. Photo: Heidi Giacalone
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    Mentors in the Teen Innovators at BLDG 92 program, such as Marlon Jackson, help students develop valuable skills that enhance their academic and career success. Photo: Kristy Leibowitz
  • Tribal Youth Ambassadors with Jacque and Bella
    Jacque Nunez and Bell Williams, of Tribal Youth Ambassadors, link generations at Culture Camp. Photo: Kate Nagle
  • WMACT Teen Arts + Tech Program Damian, utility box project
    WMACT Teen Arts + Tech Program's Damian Wilson paints a utility box, part of a project to recognize social heroes of color. Photo: Carolina Lopez-Ruiz
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    IBA's Youth Development Program's training helps students develop leadership skills and find their voice to effect change in their communities. Photo: Moira Studio
  • Rosie Theater Kids
    During a spring benefit for Rosie’s Theater Kids, ACTE II students in grades 9 through 12 perform “Dance at the Gym,” from West Side Story. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor
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    Students who participated in the spring program at Urban Artisans proudly display their final artwork. Photo: Carrie Claycomb-King
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    The Young Writers & Leaders program helps immigrant and refugee youth, such as Elahe Seddiqi and Maryam Abdullah, improve their English-language proficiency, while they share stories of their experiences. Photo: Molly Haley
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    CPS Shakespeare! students Joaquin (left) and Kimberly rehearse a scene on the courtyard stage, while director Kirsten Kelly (center) looks on. Photo: Liz Lauren
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    Project STEP cellist Amalia Ali, a third grader at the time, participates in a master class with Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. Photo: Michael J. Lutch
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    Zavonte produces hip-hop music in the Middle School Program’s Beat Shop.
    Photo: O’Shea Woodhouse

Program Summary and Legacy Content: History, Creative Youth Development, Awardees and Finalists, Contributors, Resources


The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award was the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs—also known as Creative Youth Development programs—that celebrated the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognized and supported excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement, from a wide range of urban and rural settings.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards initiative was a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities™—in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services™—to showcase the excellence and importance of out-of-school-time, youth development-focused, arts and humanities programs in the lives of young people.


Rafi and Richard add their creative storks to a ¡CityArts! Community AfterSchool Program masterpiece. Photo ¡CityArts!

Rafi and Richard add their creative strokes to a ¡CityArts! Community AfterSchool Program masterpiece. Photo ¡CityArts!