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Wyatt Selected as Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow

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Apr 18, 2017

Katie Wyatt, executive director of El Sistema USA and co-founder of Kidznotes (Durham, NC), was recently announced as a member of the 2017 class of the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Program. The program recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities small and large.

For their contributions to the arts and their commitment to the principles of President Kennedy's legacy, the Fellows will receive national recognition and opportunities to showcase their voice and work as well as join in a year of learning and conversation centered around mentorship and impact. The recognized Citizen Artists will receive mentorship from Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, among other Kennedy Center artistic partners and experts.

Wyatt is joined in the 2017 class by award-winning poet Hakim Bellamy (Albuquerque, NM); violinist, speaker, advocate, and founder of Street Symphony Vijay Gupta (Los Angeles, CA); visual artist and designer Ekene Ijeoma (New York City, NY); arts leader and Director & Principal Designer of Civic Creatives De Nichols (St. Louis, MO); and visual artist, muralist, and community arts educator, Michelle Angela Ortiz (Philadelphia, PA).

You can read more about the 2017 Citizen Artist Fellows and this year’s Kennedy Center Arts Summit here.

About El Sistema USA

El Sistema USA provides advocacy and support for people and organizations inspired by Venezuela's monumental music education program. Its diverse membership of more than 40 organizations across the United States represents programs that serve some of the most vulnerable communities and children throughout the country. The only national organization dedicated solely to growth of El Sistema inspired programs, ESUSA seeks to provide connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for program directors, teaching artists, and volunteers.

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