First Lady Michelle Obama with 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners Investigating Where We Live. Photo: Ralph Alswang
First Lady Michelle Obama with 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winners Investigating Where We Live. Photo: Ralph Alswang
An Arts Corps participant learns how to draw in perspective. Photo: Susie Fitzhugh, Arts Corps
An Arts Corps participant learns how to draw in perspective. Photo: Susie Fitzhugh, Arts Corps
Teen Arts Council members with artist Swoon. From left: Terry Voong, August Rosenberg, Caledonia Curry (Swoon), and Shaquille Alberts. Photo: Joe Douillette
Teen Arts Council members with artist Swoon. From left: Terry Voong, August Rosenberg, Caledonia Curry (Swoon), and Shaquille Alberts. Photo: Joe Douillette
City of San Fernando Mariachi Master Apprentice Program participant performs at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Photo: Kevin Van Rensselaer
City of San Fernando Mariachi Master Apprentice Program participant performs at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Photo: Kevin Van Rensselaer
Paso Nuevo students Cindy Cruz and Rosmery Solórzano perform in La Família Lobato. Photo: Mark Perkins
Paso Nuevo students Cindy Cruz and Rosmery Solórzano perform in La Família Lobato. Photo: Mark Perkins
RISE! students draw on their newfound confidence to inspire and wow the audience with a high-energy, urban dance performance. Photo: Alvin swilley
RISE! students draw on their newfound confidence to inspire and wow the audience with a high-energy, urban dance performance. Photo: Alvin swilley

“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

Welcome

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.
Co-Chairman
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Margo Lion
Co-Chairman
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities