The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners - the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services - are proud to recognize 50 outstanding programs all over the country for their work in providing excellent arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From big cities to small towns, the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of these exceptional programs that are taking place from coast to coast.


Arts for All, Inc.

Tucson, AZ


Rosie's House, A Music Academy for Children, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ


LA Commons

Community Partners

Los Angeles, CA  


Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company

Destiny Arts Center

Oakland, CA


artworxLA Advanced Programs and Summer Residencies

The H.E.Art Project dba artworxLA

Los Angeles, CA


Art High

Armory Center for the Arts

Pasadena, CA


MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together)

Luna Kids Dance, Inc.

Berkeley, CA


Phoenix Rising Youth Empowerment program

Art from Ashes Inc

Denver, CO


The KID Show

Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc

Creede, CO


Music Haven, Inc.

New Haven, CT


CityDance DREAM Program

CityDance Ensemble, Inc.

Washington, DC


Soul of the City

Humanities Council of Washington DC

Washington, DC


Changing Young Lives Through the Arts!

Cathedral Arts Project

Jacksonville, FL


Brick x Brick

Jorge M. Perez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County, Inc.

Miami, FL


The Front Porch Library

Seminole Manor Neighborhood Association, Inc.

Tallahassee, FL


Young Author Project

Deep Center, Incorporated

Savannah, GA



Better Boys Foundation

Chicago, IL



Rockford Area Arts Council

Rockford, IL


Urban Artisans

VSA Indiana, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN


Children's Fine Art Classes

Louisville Visual Art Association, Inc.

Louisville, KY


Summer Teen Docent Program

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Inc.

New Orleans, LA


Boston City Singers, Inc.

Dorchester, MA


Intensive Community Program

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

Boston, MA


Viva La Cultura!

Sociedad Latina, Inc.

Roxbury, MA


True Colors: Out Youth Theater

The Theater Offensive

Boston, MA


Young Writers & Leaders

The Telling Room

Portland, ME


Matrix School of Theatre Ladders to Success

Matrix Theatre Company

Detroit, MI


Teen Arts + Tech Program

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology

Grand Rapids, MI


Sphinx Overture Program

Sphinx Organization, Inc.

Detroit, MI


St. Louis ArtWorks Youth Program

St. Louis ArtWorks

St. Louis, MO


After School Center for the Performing Arts

New City Kids, Inc.

Jersey City, NJ


Confident Voices

SAY: Stuttering Association for the Young

New York, NY


The Academy

Urban Arts Partnership

New York, NY


ACTE II (A Commitment to Excellence)

Rosie's Theater Kids, Inc.

New York, NY


Urban Investigations

The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY


Youth Mentoring Program


Portland, OR


Music Across Oregon

Ethos Inc.

Portland, OR


Teen Reading Lounge

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Philadelphia, PA


Everett School

Providence, RI


Action Arts and Science Program

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

Sioux Falls, SD


Side-By-Side Visual Arts Apprentice Program

Community School of the Arts

Knoxville, TN


La Rondalla

Big Thought

Dallas, TX


Zula B. Wylie Public Library Youthtellers

Zula B. Wylie Public Library

Cedar Hill, TX


Screen It!

Mexic-Arte Museum

Austin, TX


Digital Media Arts Programs

Spy Hop Productions

Salt Lake City, UT


Space of Her Own

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Richmond, VA


ART 180 - Community programs

ART 180

Richmond, VA


Design Your (Neighbor)hood

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle, WA


Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Community Partnership Programs

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI


Arts At Large, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI



TeenSpace Circle for Mentoring representatives Josue Rodriguez Espinoza (center) and Cheryl Eberly (right) accept the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from  
First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo credit: Steven E. Purcell

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