Dec 17

Afterschool programs receive national honors for arts & humanities

It’s time for a celebration! Twelve programs have been named the winners of the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards – several afterschool programs among them!  

Through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards were established in 1998, and have been annually awarded for the past 19 years. 

With an emphasis on supporting programs that reach underserved communities, the award aims to recognize programs across the United States that support students’ self-discovery and achievement through humanities and arts programming. In addition to the 12 awards presented to programs within the U.S., the award annually highlights one international program that provides exceptional programming to youth. Awardees receive a $10,000 grant, a year of capacity and communications support, and an invitation to Washington, D.C., to accept their award. 

This year’s award recipients are from all over the U.S., from Miami, Fla., to Oakland, Calif., and represent a breadth of youth arts and humanities programs. Creative Readers, located in Port Washington, N.Y., serves elementary-age children with special needs – engaging their students in art, movement, and music, to build literacy skills and confidence while inspiring a love of reading. The Summer Performing Arts Company, in Grand Forks, N.D., serves nearly 1,400 students and provides in-depth music and drama programming, and connects students to performing arts opportunities that they can continue throughout the school year. The MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton, Mont., serve rural youth and provides their students with hands-on learning experiences in film, design, music, technology, and entrepreneurship.  

Across the U.S., out-of-school time programs are providing amazing opportunities for students to pursue their passions, and we look forward to see how these programs and the other award winners continue to support the communities and students they serve.  

Check out all of the 2017 awardees: 

International spotlight award:

Congratulations to the 12 new recipients of the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards!