The 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Celebrated at the White House

Deadline for 2011 Nominations – January 31

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites nominations for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP), which is the Nation’s highest honor for out-of-school, afterschool, and summer arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s youth, particularly those from underserved communities.

The NAHYP Awards are a signature initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in partnership with IMLS, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). IMLS and its partners encourage programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities to participate. Click here for the online application.

Each year, the NAHYP Awards recognize and support excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement, in addition to presenting high-quality arts and humanities learning opportunities. The twelve award recipients of 2011 will receive $10,000 each, an individualized plaque, and an opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC where they receive capacity-building and communications support designed to strengthen their organization.

On Wednesday, October 20, First Lady Michelle Obama honored the 2010 awardees at ceremony held at the White House. The awardees were lauded by Mrs. Obama for engaging youth in the arts and the humanities and generating a broad range of positive outcomes.   “This year’s awardees are shining examples of using success in the arts and humanities as a bridge to success in life,” said Mrs. Obama. “Through them, our young people are not only discovering new talents and finding their creative voices, but also becoming better students, better leaders, and better citizens. It’s not a surprise that most of the young people participating in these programs, including those in some of our most at-risk communities, graduate from high-school and go on to college.” Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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