A nonprofit dedicated to offering students in remote Alaska towns the opportunity to explore and strengthen their artistic skills was recognized nationally as one of 18 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2007 Coming Up Taller Award on Monday.
First Lady Laura Bush presented the award to Sitka Fine Arts Camp in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
Coming Up Taller is an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The awards recognize and support outstanding programs that celebrate the creativity of young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and a chance to contribute to their communities. More than 350 nominations were received by the program in 2007.
Sitka Fine Arts Camp offers a one-week session for local elementary school students and two-week sessions for middle and high school students. Students can choose from more than 60 different classes in music, visual arts, dance, writing, theater, Alaskan Native art, and art technology. The sessions culminate in exhibitions of students’ projects, as well as performances, all of which are open to the public.