This week Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, was honored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities with the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The award recognizes after-school and out-of-school programs that are transforming the lives of our young people. Chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists, CityArts was one of only 12 community-based programs nationwide to be recognized at a ceremony in the White House’s East Room by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Founded in 1992 by Sister Ann Keefe, CityArts is an impactful organization that connects youth, local artists, teaching artists, staff and dedicated and volunteers. It was established on the ideal that all youth, regardless of socio-economic background, should have access to quality arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development.
It now serves 1,000 students each year in Providence offering high-quality arts learning opportunities – many from its state-of-the-art studios on Broad Street. In addition, as part of the Providence After School Alliance’s AfterZone program, CityArts also offers after-school arts programming at a number of middle schools across the city as well as programs in Boys & Girls Clubs. CityArts’ AmeriCorps Teaching Artist program provides arts integration and residencies within Providence Public Schools.
Providence is extremely proud of our artistic community – our artists are an important part of our social fabric and are part of what makes Providence one of America’s Favorite Cities. The city is home to an abundance of high-quality arts and cultural organizations and teaching artists who serve the city’s youth through excellent arts learning programs. CityArts and others help youth discover the creative process through art-making and encourage them to explore the ideas that shape our community and everyday lives.
Next week many of these organizations will be coming together to celebrate Youth Arts Day hosted by Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please join me in congratulating CityArts on this tremendous recognition and in thanking our wonderful arts community for all that they do!