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UICA Named as Finalist for National Youth Award

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UICA and its ArtWorks program was recently named as one of 50 finalists for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP).
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UICA's ArtWorks Youth Program was recently named as one of 50 finalists for the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP). This prestigious award recognizes UICA as being “one of the top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth beyond the school hours.”

UICA’s ArtWorks program has been nationally recognized three times as a NAHYP finalist since 2007 and received the award in 2007 and 2009 by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Award recipients will be notified by the end of June and be invited to attend a White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

ArtWorks was formed in 2001 as a nonprofit organization. After several successful program partnerships with UICA, the two organizations merged in 2006. ArtWorks was absorbed as UICA’s youth program and continues its tradition of year-round programs that provide students age 14-21 hands-on learning and access to creative careers. Using contemporary art as a vehicle for critical thinking and experiential learning, participants actively engage in creative endeavors, gaining opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to others.

ArtWorks will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, and past participants and program highlights will be featured at UICA's Women + the Arts event on October 26.

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