Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute is a Finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

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May 7, 2012

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Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute is a Finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Hartford, CT -Out of 373 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, Hartford’s own Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute has been selected as one of 50 finalists for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.  The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners- the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services  – recognize these programs across the country for their work in presenting rich arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. This distinguishes Charter Oak’s Youth Arts Institute as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.  “Being chosen as a finalist is a tremendous honor that inspires us to work even harder to bring the highest quality of arts education to the children of Hartford” says Executive Director, Donna Berman.

In 2001, Charter Oak Cultural Center’s youth programming was started by Donna Berman with four students who wanted to learn to dance.  Over the years, Charter Oak’s Youth Arts Institute has continued to grow to now serve over 1,000 children with a large increase in the demand for classes and a long waiting list of students who wish to enter the program.

With the belief everyone is an artist and in making the arts accessible to everyone, Charter Oak’s Youth Arts Institute serves Hartford ’s inner-city children, ages 4 through 18, with completely free before-school, during-school, after-school, weekend and summer arts-based programming and provides students with free nutritious meals and snacks.  Programs focus on how the arts relate to other subjects such as reading, writing, science and math which sharpens student’s skills in all of these subjects.

If selected to receive the award in June, Charter Oak’s Youth Arts Institute will receive a $10,000 one-time grant and invitation to attend the White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.  Charter Oak Cultural Center will host an end of year Youth Arts Institute performance and art exhibit on Thursday, June 7 at 5:30PM.  This event is free and open to everyone.

Charter Oak Cultural Center, a beautiful historic landmark and vibrant arts center, contributes to the revitalization of Hartford by bringing the community together through open and equal access to the arts, with a deep commitment to social justice.  At Charter Oak, we support art that moves the world. For more information on Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Institute, please visit www.charteroakcenter.org.

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