National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Supports Outstanding Youth Programs
Boston Children’s Chorus Executive Director David C. Howse and singer Amber Rodriguez with First Lady Michelle Obama.
ArtReach at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the Boston Children’s Chorus were each presented with a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by First Lady Michelle Obama during a ceremony in the in the White House’s East Room on November 22. The award is the nation’s highest honor for outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs.

  • ArtReach at Provincetown Art Association and Museum is a free, multidisciplinary afternoon immersion program providing substantive arts and humanities education for youth aged 13 years and up.

  • Boston Children’s Chorus provides intense choral training and performance opportunities in order to harness the power and joy of music to unite Greater Boston’s diverse communities and inspire social change.
Lukas from Provincetown Art Association and Museum hugs First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Ralph Alswang.ArtReach and the Boston Children’s Chorus were among 50 exemplary programs across the country selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) as National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalists. Two other Massachusetts programs – Project STEP and True Colors: Out Youth Theater at the Theater Offensive – were also selected as finalists. In the 16-year history of the awards, 37 Massachusetts organizations have been recognized, including 21 national winners. MCC is proud to support these organizations through its YouthReach Initiative and other grant programs.

Established in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards (formerly Coming Up Taller) recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, provide them learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.


See Brendaliz Rivera of Holyoke, as part of the ceremony during which Mrs. Obama presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at The White House on Nov. 2, 2011. Footage courtesy of the White House.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards focus national attention on exemplary programs currently fostering the creative and intellectual development of America's children and youth through education and practical experience in the arts and the humanities. Accompanied by a cash award, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards not only reward these projects with recognition but also contribute significant support to their continued work.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards is a project of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A complete list of Massachusetts groups honored by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Actors' Shakespeare Project, Cambridge
amplifyme, Boston
Angkor Dance Troupe, Lowell (award-winner 1999)
Artists for Humanity, South Boston (award-winner 2001)
ArtWorks!, New Bedford
Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield (award-winner, 2007)
Berklee College of Music, Boston (award-winner, 2008)
Boston Children's Chorus
Boston Photo Collaborative, Jamaica Plain (award-winner 2003)
Boston Youth Symphony, Boston
Care Center, Holyoke (award-winner 2011)
College Bound Dorchester (award-winner 2009)
Community Art Center, Cambridge (award-winner 2005)
Community Music School of Springfield
Express Yourself, Peabody (award-winner 2009)
Fitchburg Public Schools, 21st Century Learning Center
Freelance Players (Urban Improv), Jamaica Plain
Fuller Center for Craft, Brockton
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston
Hyde Square Task Force, Boston (award-winner 2007)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
MYTOWN, Boston (award-winner 2003)
PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre at Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston (award-winner, 1998)
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
Project ALERTA, UMass, Boston (award-winner 2010)
Project STEP, Boston
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston (award-winner 2004)
Raw Art Works, Lynn (award-winner 2000)
Revolving Museum, Lowell
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (award-winner 2005)
South Boston Neighborhood House, South Boston
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox (award-winner 2006)
Stonehill College (Arts Outreach), Easton
URBANO Project, Boston
Worcester Center for Crafts
ZUMIX, East Boston (award-winner 2011)

 
 
 
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