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    First Lady Michelle Obama with 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner Subway Sleuths. Photo: Steven E. Purcell
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    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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    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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    Students who participated in the spring program at Urban Artisans proudly display their final artwork. Photo: Carrie Claycomb-King
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    ¡CityArts! participants Rafi and Richard (foreground) add their creativity to the ¡Express Yourself! painted canvas. Photo: ¡CityArts!
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    Boris, age 13; Donavan, age 12; guest artist Rick Griffith; Downtown Aurora Visual Arts staffer Rudi Monterroso; and Nicole, age 14, collaborate on a project.
    Photo: Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
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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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    everybody dance! 2014 high school grads perform: Kimberly Arias, Valizane Blackman, Marjorie Casas, Max Castellanos, Amainary Contreras, Lorenza Diaz, Erika Escalante, Chris Gomez, Jeffery Griffith, and Liana Kleinman. Photo: Paul Antico
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    Zavonte produces hip-hop music in the Middle School Program’s Beat Shop.
    Photo: O’Shea Woodhouse
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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

“These outstanding programs are expanding horizons, changing lives, and helping young people fulfill their dreams—across America and around the world. Each of these programs is using achievement in the arts and humanities as a bridge to achievement in life.”

First Lady Michelle Obama
Honorary Chairman
President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities


The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is pleased to present the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards to outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs that are transforming the lives of young people. Programs that receive the award exemplify how arts and humanities programs outside of the regular school day enrich the lives of young people throughout the country by teaching new skills, nurturing creativity, and building self-confidence. These programs offer high-quality and intensive instruction on weekends, afternoons, and summer vacations, providing a safe and productive space for young people in the hours when they are often the most vulnerable. Their carefully focused projects supplement in-school curricula with exposure to a wide variety of artistic and scholastic pursuits. Arts and humanities education has always been a priority for the President’s Committee and is a major focus of the Committee’s ongoing efforts. We are proud of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s long record of success in acknowledging and supporting these inspiring programs.

George Stevens, Jr.
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Margo Lion
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities