Your arts program could win $10,000 and an invitation to the White Houseby Rachel Clark
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is currently seeking applicants for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. According to the Committee, the 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.”
12 outstanding programs from a wide range of communities across the country will be recognized with a $10,000 grant, an invitation to accept the award at the White House, and a full year of capacity-building and communications support to ensure their programming will benefit youth for years to come.
The short answer: many afterschool programs!
The eligibility criteria specify that applicants must operate as ongoing, regularly-scheduled programs for children and youth outside of the school day, using one or more disciplines of the arts or humanities as the core content of their programs, and must concentrate on underserved children and youth. The programming must involve children and youth as active participants, rather than only as an audience for arts or humanities experiences, and must integrate arts and humanities education with youth development goals.
Additionally, programs must have been operational since January 2013 for a minimum of five years, including 2017, and must be a 501(c)(3) organization, state or local government entity, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe.
How to apply
To complete the application, you’ll need basic information about your program, a narrative explaining how your program fits the selection criteria, resumes for at least one and up to three program staff, three letters of recommendation, and three photos of the program in action that were taken in the last three years.
Don’t have time to complete the application in one sitting? It can easily be saved as a draft for completion at a later date. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 5:00PM PST.
If you’re looking for inspiration to craft your program’s narrative for your application, the Committee’s website highlights awardees dating back to 1998.
2016 awardees included: