The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its cultural partners - the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services - are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs in the field of Creative Youth Development across the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional creative youth development programs that are taking place from coast to coast.

ADAPT (A Dream and A Plan for Tomorrow)
Each One Reach One, Inc.
South San Francisco, CA

Afterschool Arts Outreach
Norton Museum of Art, Inc.
West Palm Beach, FL

Art Expression, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

Art Literacy Program
Monterey County Free Libraries
Castroville, CA

Arts, Character & Education (ACE) Program
Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Fort Myers, FL

Lawrence Arts Center, Inc.
Lawrence, KS

Atlanta Music Project
Atlanta, GA

Brick City Theatre
Cleveland Public Theatre, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

Brick x Brick
Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County, Inc.
Miami, FL

Carpe Diem Academy – Mercyhurst University
Mercyhurst University
Erie, PA

Central Music Academy, Inc.
Lexington, KY

Codman Academy Summer Shakespeare Institute
Huntington Theatre Company, Inc.
Boston, MA

College Preparatory Program
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Phoenix, AZ

Confident Voices
SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young
New York, NY

Cool Classics!
Cool Classics, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Creative Readers
Port Washington Public Library
Port Washington, NY

Design Your (Neighbor)hood
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle, WA

Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC)
Destiny Arts Center
Oakland, CA

Flynn Arts
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT

Inclusive Weekend Program
Children’s Museum of the Arts
New York, NY

INTAKE Native Instrument Academy
INTAKE Organization
Stamford, CT

Iroquois Library English Conversation Club & Cultural Programs
The Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Inc.
Louisville, KY

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Kalamazoo, MI

Kent Bellows Mentoring Program
Joslyn Art Museum
Omaha, NE

Kidznotes, Inc.
Durham, NC

MAPS Media Institute
The Irwin and Florence Rosten Foundation, Inc.
Hamilton, MT

Mas Camp: Carnival Costumes From Hartford’s West Indian Community
Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT

Minnesota Children’s Museum
Saint Paul, MN

Music Haven
New Haven, CT

New Bedford Whaling Museum High School Apprenticeship Program
Old Dartmouth Historical Society
New Bedford, MA

Newark Museum Explorers Program
Newark Museum Association
Newark, NJ

Phoenix Rising Creative Youth Empowerment Program
Art from Ashes, Inc.
Denver, CO

Pistarckle Theater Performing Arts Youth Program
Pistarckle Theater, Inc.
St. Thomas, VI

Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Musicians
Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music, Inc.
Pickens, SC

RAISE (Responding to Art Involves Self Expression)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA

Rejoice School of Ballet
Nashville, TN

Sankofa African Drummers and Dancers
Inner City Cultural League, Inc.
Dover, DE

Shakespeare Inside and Out
Actors’ Shakespeare Project
Somerville, MA

Soul of the City
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Summer Performing Arts Company
Grand Forks Public Schools
Grand Forks, ND

Talent Development Program of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Teen Creative Agency
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL

Teen Innovators at BLDG 92
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn, NY

The Baltimore Speaks Out Program
Wide Angle Youth Media
Baltimore, MD

The Fellows Program – The Frick Collection Project
Ghetto Film School, Inc.
Bronx, NY

The KID Show
Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc.
Creede, CO

The Penguin Project Foundation, Inc.
Peoria, IL

The Possibility Project Foster Care Program
Cities at Peace, Inc.
New York, NY

The Red Kite Project
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago, IL

Zula B. Wylie Public Library Youthtellers
Zula B. Wylie Public Library
Cedar Hill, TX

SLAW_AlexaMural - Copy2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awardee,
St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, MO. Photo: Vicki Kahn.