Washington Pavilion Community Learning Center Finalist For National Award

The Washington Pavilion Community Learning Center Action Arts and Science Program has been named one of the top 50 finalists for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This award is given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, 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 Award is the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from underserved communities. This award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement.

Co- Presidents Larry Toll and Scott Petersen are delighted with the news. “We are honored to have our Action Arts & Science Program chosen as a Finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP). The award has been in existence for 18 years, and we are proud to be the first program in South Dakota to reach this distinction. For quite some time we have known what Action Arts & Science brings to the youth in the Sioux Empire, but now with our nomination, we hope to have the platform to share on a national level what this program like ours can mean to children with limited access to art and science.”

This year there were 335 nominees from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our selection as one of the top 50 finalists distinguishes the CLC’s Action Arts and Science Program as one of the top arts and humanities-based programs in the country. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities will announce the 12 award recipients this fall. The winning organizations have the opportunity to accept the award personally from the First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

Because the award is presented by the First Lady on behalf of the President’s Committee and the three cultural agencies, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards make a highly visible and powerful statement about the value of community-based youth arts and humanities learning both nationally and internationally.

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