Thursday, November 15, 2001

Ten organizations known for their work with at-risk youth received awards yesterday at a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Called the “Coming Up Taller Awards,” the $10,000 prizes were given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities together with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Award recipients were:
Artists for Humanity, a Boston program in which urban neighborhoods are restored through art.
Artists-in-training program at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
The Boys Choir of Tallahassee. This group, housed at the School of Social Work at Florida State University, has “No Excuses” as its motto. It is made up of 145 boys, ages 8-18, many of whom have been in trouble, either academic or legal.
Documentary Workshop of the Educational Video Center, a New York-based program that gives teen-age documentary makers an opportunity to research, shoot and edit their own documentaries.
Great Basin Young Chautauquans of the Nevada Humanities Committee, a program in rural Nevada that helps young actors portray historic figures through dramatic monologues.
Inner-City Arts After School Program, a Los Angeles-based curriculum that provides after-school classes in the visual arts, dance, music and digital animation.
James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center, a Covington, Ky.-based program for at-risk preschoolers. Activities include storytelling, drama, dance, music, ceramics, painting and photography.
Mural Arts Program at the Philadelphia Department of Education, which helps youth construct murals for outdoor public spaces.
Tohono O’odham Community Action, an arts program in the Sonoran Desert, west of Tucson, Ariz.
Young Strings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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