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Two Guild Members Receive Nation's Highest Honor at White House

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Nov 20, 2012

Guild members Arts Corps (Seattle, WA) and DreamYard Project (Bronx, NY) were among 12 exemplary programs to be recognized with The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the Presidents Committee for the Arts and Humanities. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the awards at a White House ceremony on November 19. Elizabeth Whitford, Arts Corps’ Executive Director, and Robyne Walker Murphy, DreamYard’s Director of Out of School Programs, were joined by Ayanna Hudson, the National Endowment for the Arts' Director of Arts Education. All three women are alumni of the National Guild's Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). The National Guild was also represented by Executive Director Jonathan Herman and Associate Director Ken Cole.

The Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities. It recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. Recipients receive a $10,000 grant and also receive a full year of capacity-building and communications support, designed to make their organizations stronger.

Seattle-based Arts Corps was founded 12 years ago in response to declining arts education opportunities in the public schools. It offers free arts programs at 35 partnering schools, community centers, and affordable housing facilities, mainly in low-income communities of color.

The DreamYard Project, located in the South Bronx, aims to help young people use the arts to explore their worlds, engage their imaginations, and create personal or societal change. This social justice focus is most evident in A.C.T.I.O.N (Art Community Teams in Our Neighborhoods), a program in which high school students select an issue each year and develop an arts-based campaign to raise awareness and spark dialogue.

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Learn about last year's Guild member recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

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