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We gratefully acknowledge the following companies, corporations, 
foundations, individuals, and organizations for their support 
that helped make possible the 2002 Coming Up Taller Awards. 
A special thanks goes to the National Assembly of State Arts 
Agencies (NASAA) for its program management assistance. 

Beth Singer Design 

Cranium, Inc. 


CULTURAL, Fideicomiso para la Cultura Mexico-EUA with 

assistance from Mr. Eugenio Lopez Alonso 
GMAC Financial Services 
Green Family Foundation 

The Harman Family Foundation, Jane and Sidney Harman 
Image Graphics 
Institute for Civil Society 
JoAnn McGrath 
Surdna Foundation 

This fifth anniversary commemorative publication is made 
possible by MetLife Foundation. 

MetLife Foundation 

Community organizations and schools that promote children's 
learning in the arts and the humanities play a significant role in 
the development of young people and their communities. 
MetLife Foundation is pleased to help support the Coming Up 
Taller Awards and the exceptional out-of-school programs they 
honor. We applaud this five-year public and private investment, 
and we extend our appreciation and congratulations to all the 
a war dees. Well done! 
-Sibyl Jacobson, President & CEO, MetLife Foundation 






N A T I O N A I 



Editors: Carol Dana, Cesar Guadamuz, Judith Humphreys Weitz 

Booklet Design: Beth Singer Design 

Printing: Image Graphics 

Coming Up Taller Logo Design: Anthony Ruotolo and Fang Zhou, 
Hachette Filipacchi Magazines 

Cover Photographs: Right: Courtesy of The Dance Ring, Inc./New 
York Theatre Ballet. Left: Kaitlyn Morin, age 13, works on a wall 
mural as part of Project WAM, SAY Si, San Antonio Youth YES! 

Coming Up Taller Staff: Judith Humphreys Weitz (Coordinator, 
PC AH), Wilsonia Cherry (NEH), Mary Estelle Kennelly (IMLS), 
Lee Kessler (NEA) 

Permission to copy, disseminate or otherwise use information 
from this report is granted as long as appropriate acknowledgment 

is given. 

This publication is available from the President's Committee 
on the Arts and the Humanities at or 
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 526, Washington, DC 20506. 
Phone: 202-682-5409 Fax: 202-682-5668 

There is no way to fast forward 

and know how the kids will look 

back on this, but I have seen the 

joy in their eyes and have heard it 

in their voices and I have watched 

them take a bow and 

Come Ud Talle 

Willie Reale, Founder, 
The 52nd Street Project, 
describing the impact of 
this theater program on 
youth living in "Hell's 
Kitchen, " a neighborhood in 
New York City. 

A Note from 

First Lady 

Laura Bush 

Honorary Chair, President's Committee 

on the Arts and the Humanities 

Today across America, homeless children are painting 
with water colors and studying Impressionism. Asian- 
American students are reading Asian Pacific American 
literature to explore their culture. Teenagers are attending 
facilitator workshops to learn how to talk to their peers 
about prejudice and teen pregnancy. And fifth-graders 
are practicing traditional Brazilian dance and drumming, 
a native custom of families in their community. 

These children are expressing themselves and 
having fun. And most importantly, they are learning. 

They are discovering who they are, who they can 
become, and that they can do anything they set 

their minds to. Today, our children are gaining a 
greater sense of character, confidence and community, 
thanks to arts and humanities programs sponsored by 
Coming Up Taller. 

Through Coming Up Taller programs more children are 
tuning into violins and music rather than television. More 
are participating in plays and workshops than in violence. 
Rather than giving up, they are giving in to the joy of paint- 
ing a mural to beautify an old building or bringing Peter 
Pan to life on stage. 

Coming Up Taller is helping our children grow up 
stronger, smarter and kinder. Arts and humanities foster 
children's creativity imagination, and intellectual develop- 
ment through hands-on teaching and learning. Coming 
Up Taller programs engage students in learning in a safe 
environment where they can make new friends and spend 

Today, our children are gaining 
a greater sense of character, 
confidence and community, thanks 
to arts and humanities programs 
sponsored by Coming Up Taller. 

time with caring adults who are great role models. 

Children share their ideas and express how they feel 
through music, painting and writing. Through performances 
and exhibitions, children are recognized and applauded 
for their accomplishments. They learn success, discipline 
and teamwork. And above all, they learn to love learning. 

Arts and humanities are critical building blocks for a 
child's development and provide a strong foundation for 
learning in the classroom and throughout life. Drawing helps 
children improve their writing skills. Poetry helps with 
memory. Theater brings history to life. Arts and humanities 
help to further develop vocabulary and critical thinking 
skills and an appreciation of math and science. 

Coming Up Taller arts and humanities programs provide 
all of this in a fun and engaging way that children respond 
to. And they especially respond to the gifted teachers, 
artists, and musicians who share their love, their time and 
their talent with our children. 

I am delighted to be part of the Coming Up Taller 
Awards, which celebrate the creativity and individuality of 
our children and the dedicated Americans who help them 
to realize their dreams. As Honorary Chair of the President's 
Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, I join with the 
members of the President's Committee, the National 
Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum 
and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the 
Arts in saluting the Coming Up Taller Award recipients for 
the remarkable difference they are making in our children's 
lives, in our communities and in our country. 

A Note from 

Executive Director 

Henry Moran 

President's Committee on the Arts 
and the Humanities 

Senior Deputy Chairman 

Eileen B. Mason 

National Endowment for the Arts 


Bruce M. Cole 

National Endowment for the Humanities 


Robert S. Martin 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

We are farmers, really, with tool sheds full of 
paintbrushes and clay and pianos and the- 
sauruses and frog costumes. We go out every 
day and hope things grow right The Coming Up 
Taller Award provides a boost to the boosters. 
It enlivens us with that springy energy that is 
attendant to pride, which helps us to better bend 
to the needs of the young and to come up taller 
at the day's end. 

-Willie Reale, Founder, The 52nd Street Project, a 1998 Coming 
Up Taller Award recipient. 

After-school, weekend, and summer arts and humani- 
ties programs all over the country are giving children 
of all ages productive outlets for their energy; a chance to 
discover their potential through the arts, words, and ideas; 
and an opportunity to acquire new skills. There is nothing 
more challenging and ultimately satisfying than enabling a 
child to experience a newfound sense of pride stemming 
from discovery, mastery, and accomplishment. 

To pay tribute to and support the excellence of these 
arts and humanities programs, the President's Committee 
on the Arts and the Humanities annually presents the 
Coming Up Taller Awards. This is the fifth-year anniversary. 

During the last five years, more than 1800 Coming Up 
Taller nominations have come from every state in the 

country. In all, 165 organizations have been recognized for 
their excellence; 53 have received $10,000 awards for their 
achievements for children. 

This activity happens through a partnership initiative of 
the President's Committee, the National Endowment for 
the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and 
the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Leading 
foundations and corporations provide additional critical 
support. Together, this national commitment and investment 
reinforce the importance of out-of-school culturally based 
learning opportunities for children. 

For Coming Up Taller Awards recipients, their $10,000 
award represents a special, tangible infusion. The yield 
can be measured by an increase in the number of community 
sites; children served; the frequency of program offerings; 
the number of teaching artists or scholars; new equipment 
such as sound systems or portable dance floors; and a 
broader range of such services as tutoring, college or job 
counseling, and transportation. There is another important 
outgrowth: the leverage provided these programs as they 
seek new and continued funding. 

Coming Up Taller enhances the efforts of artists, 
museum and media experts, historians, and writers to 
engage children, develop their skills, and chart a course 
for the future. What Bill Shore, in The Cathedral Within, 
writes about the Chicago Children's Choir, recipient of 
a 2000 Coming Up Taller Award, could also be said of the 
programs these professionals create and sustain: 

For these kids, the choir is everything: their 
safe space, their caring adult, their form of family 
discipline, and their proof that hard work yields 
rewards. It is their ticket to places across the 
city and around the world where most of their 
classmates will never go. It is both saving and 
shaping their lives. 

We rejoice in the creativity and resilience of this 
nation's young people. We celebrate the Coming Up Taller 
awardees. And we look forward to growing the Coming Up 
Taller Awards program in the coming years. 

A Company of Girls 

East End Children's Workshop 

On the stage of an old church in Portland, Maine, Shakespeare's 
and others' plays are rehearsed with an interesting twist. 

King Lear is transformed into Queen Lear, an all-girl production 

that gives young cast members a chance to explore familial 

relationships and power. The Lord of the Flies is rewritten for 

an all-female "gang" whose members use the play to explore 

bullying and violence among girls. 

These plays are part of the repertoire of A Company of Girls, 

a six-year-old after-school theater program. Here girls from 

different cultural backgrounds come to learn about theater and 

other arts, and to discuss important issues in their young lives. 

The program operates five 
days a week and some week- 
ends during the school year. 
Participants spend most of 
their time in traditional theater 
activities, such as writing, 
rehearsing plays, and building 
sets, assisted by theater 
experts from such professional 

theater groups as The Portland Stage Company. The program 

also includes daily "check in" circles, lots of directed journal 

writing, and counseling support to help participants develop 

confidence, and social and communication skills. 

In addition, the program works to expand girls' connections 

with the wider community. They have taken field trips to art 

museums and performance 

venues, and participated in 

other arts and dance projects. 

Some of these experiences 

come full circle, finding 

their way back into theater 


After conducting oral-his- 
tory interviews with women 

in assisted living, the girls 

created Sticky Like a Frog, a 

play that blends their own 

writings with stories from the 

seniors. "The idea grew out of 

what the elders wanted most 

and what the girls enjoyed 

doing — sitting and talking," 

notes Director Odelle Bowman. 

The result is a play that was the 

only youth-theater performance 

included in the 2001 New York 

International Fringe Festival. 

East End Children's Workshop 
2 1 5 Congress Street 
Portland, ME 04101 
Tel: 207-874-2 1 07 

Focus: Theater Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 52 

Ages: 8-18 

Annual Budget: $ 1 1 5.923 

"A Company of Girls recognizes 
the potential of the arts and 
humanities to help young people 
plumb their depths, develop 
tolerance and respect for them- 
selves and others, and increase 
their ability to make better 
choices in their lives." 
-Victoria Bonebakker, Associate 
Director, Maine Humanities Council 


But Director Bowman looks closer to home to measure success. 
"At A Company of Girls the impact is seen daily in improved 
grades and attendance, stronger self-esteem, dreams for the future, 
a commitment to each other and, in turn, to their communities." 

Michael Reidy 

Above: Brittany Randall plays the 
Prime Minister in Cynerella Cycle. 
Above Left: Laura Peters and Amber 
Randall in The Big Family Giant. 

Arts in Education Program 
in Architecture and 
Design/Community Studies 

Henry Street Settlement 
265 Henry Street 
New York, NY 10002 
Tel: 2 1 2-598-0400 

Focus: Architecture, Design, 

Humanities, Visual Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 410 

Ages: 7- 1 3 

Annual Budget: $60,000 

"The success of the program, which 
integrates the humanities with 
school and community improvement 
projects and includes extensive 
work with teachers, is reflected in 
the increased academic achievements 
of the students and their positive 
response and attendance." 
-Gary Dayton, Program Officer, 
New York State Council on the Arts 

Below Right: Fifth grade 
students present their designs 
for a school concession stand. 
Far Below: Fifth grade students 
build a scale model of a new 
security guard desk. 


Many children may not have much art on the walls at home, 
and they may have little access to live theater, dance, or 
works of great literature. But no matter where they live, in one 
sense, children are surrounded by art. There is rich architectural 
detail and cultural history in their neighborhood homes, schools, 
and civic buildings. And there are elements of design in every- 
thing from streetlights to trash cans. 

Ten years ago, the Henry Street Settlement, an arts and social 
services agency in Manhattan's Lower East Side, launched an 
innovative design education project to tap the learning opportunities 
available in the built environment. Through its Architecture and 
Design/Community Studies project, Henry Street Settlement 
works extensively with PS #20 and two other public elementary 
schools to provide in-school and extended-day design education 
programs to children. 

In both programs, architects and design educators sensitize 
students to issues of design through neighborhood walks; lessons 
in design, urban planning, and local history; and visits to archi- 
tects' studios. Students get 
involved in a range of hands-on 
activities. In one project, they 
researched the history of a tene- 
ment by conducting interviews 
and photographing and 
researching the building's 
structure. They have created a 

Arts in Education Program in Architecture 
and Design/Community Studies 

Henry Street Settlement 

Susan Fleminger 

dictionary of architectural and design terms, and built scale 
models of designed bridges and of a local synagogue. The design 
activities incorporate lessons from other academic disciplines, 
such as math, reading, and social studies. Students also learn to 
use computer technology to develop designs, conduct virtual 
tours, and create presentations. 

But the projects don't end there. Once they've gained an 
understanding of design, students are challenged to suggest 
design improvements for their own schools. Students interview 
users of the spaces, develop recommendations, and make formal 
presentations. A jury of people from the school community 
selects the best ideas for construction. The young designers 
have created murals, designed a new school office and concession 
stands for their play yard, and developed new gardens, courtyards, 
and school entrances. 

As part of its commitment to young people living in the 
Lower East Side community, Henry Street's Architecture and 
Design/Community Studies program also invests in the profes- 
sional development of teachers, teaching architects, and after- 
school group leaders. Both a curriculum specialist and school 
technology specialists plan and implement a year-long program of 
workshops and identify outside learning opportunities for staff. 


Pance-The Next Generation 

Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. 

Courtesy of Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. 

Above: Sixteen-year-old 
Bridgett Zehr, a DNG graduate, 
appears as the Snow Queen 
in The Nutcracker Suite with the 
Sarasota Ballet. Far Right: 
Students in performance. 

Dance-The Next Generation 

Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. 
5555 North Tamiami Trail 
Sarasota, FL 34243 
Tel: 94 1-359-0099 

Focus: Dance 

Annual Number Participating: 1 10 

Ages: 8-15 

Annual Budget: $ 1 50,250 


Stick with the program for seven years and you will receive a 
full four-year scholarship to one of two local colleges, 
Manatee Community College or the University of South Florida, 
Sarasota. That's the extraordinary promise that the Sarasota 
Ballet has made to children in its after-school program, known as 
Dance-The Next Generation (DNG). So far, about 45 students 
have graduated from the 11 -year-old program and used dance 
as a doorway to higher education. 

Sarasota is one of the wealthiest areas in the country. It also 
has, however, many families of limited means. And it is in these 
families that DNG is most interested. Teachers at neighborhood 
schools help DNG publicize auditions for the program, held for 
third-graders with an interest in dance. The children accepted 
into the program spend from two to ten hours a week, depending 
on their skill level, at the Sarasota Ballet, taking classes in a vari- 
ety of dance forms as well as in nutrition, social etiquette, and 
public speaking. 

Classes are small, and communication with parents is 
emphasized. A tutor offers homework help, and a social worker 
is available for counseling. As students gain dance skills, they 
are eligible for small roles in professional productions and to 
attend the professional training school of the Sarasota Ballet and 
its International Summer School. They also receive tickets to 
Sarasota Ballet productions and a host of local theater, opera, 
and symphony performances. 

The program is free to participants, with the Sarasota Ballet 
picking up the costs for instruction, dance clothing, studio space, 
costumes, and other production costs as well as transportation. 

Whether the children continue to dance or go on to college, 
everyone agrees that Dance-The Next Generation yields a return 
well worth the investment. "When you see the students graduate 

after seven years of dance, dis- 

courtesy of Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. 


"These instructors are accom- 
plished, serious artists, engaged 
in elevating the intellectual, 
physical, and emotional lives of 
children. And they do it for 
years, creating a benefit not only 
for the child but also for their 
peers and family." 
-Kate Alexander, Associate Director, 
Florida Studio Theatre 

cipline, mentoring, and loving 
support, they have been trans- 
formed," notes Nancy 
Roucher, arts education chair 
of the Sarasota County Arts 
Council. "Most will not 
become professional dancers 
and that is not the goal of the 
program, but they will certainly 
be knowledgeable arts sup- 
porters and, most important, 
contributors to society." 


PC Youth Orchestra Program 


I he DC Youth Orchestra 
Program (DCYOP) is 
unusual among youth orchestras 
in that it requires no auditions. 
But by creating a carefully 
structured learning environ- 
ment — and by setting high 
achievement standards — this 
all-inclusive, merit-based 
instrumental music program has 
achieved astonishing results. 
£ ■^■^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^* In recent years, nearly 100 per- 
cent of the Youth Orchestra students (the most senior perform- 
ing group) have gone on to college. More than 60 prominent 
orchestras across the country have hired DCYOP graduates, 
including five at the National Symphony Orchestra. 

During the past 42 years, DCYOP has trained more than 
50,000 children. Most of them live in the District of Columbia, 
and many come from modest-income families. The program 
keeps costs affordable so that all children in the District of 
Columbia metropolitan area can benefit from the opportunity of a 
music education. 

DC Youth Orchestra 

P.O. Box 56198 

Brightwood Station 

Washington, DC 2001 1 

Tel: 202-723-1612 




Focus: Music 

Annual Number Participating: 700 

Ages:4/ 2 -l8 

Annual Budget: $643,547 

"Others may be more prestigious, 
and some are certainly more 
affluent, but no musical institution 
in the District of Columbia is 
more important than the DC 
Youth Orchestra." 
-Joseph McLellan, Former Music 
Critic, The Washington Post 

Michael DiBari.Jr. 


During the school year, most students meet for a four-hour 
session every Saturday for lessons with professional musicians 
and ensemble practice. As students master the sequential cur- 
riculum based on classical music methods — and demonstrate 
their mastery to a jury of outside musicians — they advance to 
the next, more demanding level. Tiny tots start with selections 
such as Row, Row, Row Your Boat, but tackle progressively more 
difficult arrangements of Mozart, Mahler, and Beethoven over the 
years through the program's 12 levels of mastery. 

Plenty of performance opportunities also are built into the 
program, with students assigned to one of five orchestras, ranging 
from the Preparatory Orchestra to the most demanding Youth 
Orchestra, depending on their skill level. The acclaimed Youth 
Orchestra has performed at the White House and Lincoln Center 
and traveled to China, South Africa, and other countries. "Many 
children in the program would never have traveled outside the 
boundaries of the District, let alone the United States, if not 
for these performance opportunities," points out Anthony 
Gittens, executive director of the DC Commission on the Arts 
and Humanities. 

And the lessons learned in the process of gaining musical 
proficiency help account for the large percentage of DCYOP 
participants who attend college and study music or other dis- 
ciplines. "Our program helps children develop the traits that lead to 
long-run academic success: hard work, discipline, pride in achieve- 
ment, and a sense of contributing to the wider community," 
says Lyn McLain, music director and founder of the program. 



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Above: Music Director Lyn 
McLain invites the audience to 
join the orchestra in performing 
selections from Handel's Messiah. 
Above Left: Javier Garza 
warms up on the French horn. 


Los Cenzontles 
Mexican Arts Center 

Armando Quintero 

Within the walls of its humble storefront in San Pablo, 
California, is a unique and proud group of master artists 
and their young students exploring the traditional arts of 
Mexico. This exploration, in turn, has formed the basis for a 
growing community institution, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts 
Center (LCMAC), dedicated to preserving Mexican folk traditions 
and reconnecting young people with their cultural roots. 

The centerpiece of Los Cenzontles is its Community Heritage 
Project, which promotes cultural traditions as a living means of 
self- and community expression. The arts academy component 
provides young people with 44 free or low-cost classes per week 
in authentic Mexican music and dance, taught by local masters 
who use a traditional experiential teaching style. 

The center also reaches out into the community, presenting 
a series of annual multigenerational cultural events, such as 
celebrations of Dia de las Madres (Mother's Day) and the Dia de 
los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). "These events bring together 
our students, their families, friends and neighbors, strengthening 
ties between the generations and dispelling the alienation that is 
often felt in communities," explains Eugene Rodriguez, LCMAC 's 
executive director. 


Los Cenzontles 
Mexican Arts Center 

1 3 1 08 San Pablo Avenue 

San Pablo, CA 94805 

Tel: 5 1 0-233-80 1 5 




Focus: Folk and Traditional Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 


Ages: 4-23 

Annual Budget: $400,000 

"What is most impressive to me 
is the high level of confidence 
and artistic maturity displayed by 
Los Cenzontles." 
-Ducero Arellano, Manager, 
Multicultural Arts Development 
Program, California Arts Council 

Above Left: Danza de los 
Copetones, a traditional dance of 
Jalisco, Mexico. Below Left: Los 
Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) 

The center also shares 
Mexican folk traditions with 
audiences — many of them 
school children — across the 
U.S. and Mexico through its 
r^ ' ^Ri V ^ acclaimed dance and music 

NjMnl W^. Mt ensemble, Los Cenzontles 

""" ^ (The Mockingbirds). This 

troupe of singers, instrumen- 
talists, and dancers, ages 12-23, 
is a source of community pride 
and provides a powerful and 
attractive peer-group for teens. 

Youth also gain valuable 
leadership skills at the art 
center. Through a mentoring program, young people are involved 
at all levels of the organization and groomed to help run the center. 
The participants are trained to become teachers, technicians, 
arts administrators, and peer mentors. Many go on to work in 
part-time paying jobs at LCMAC. 

These varied efforts all are aimed at one overarching goal: 
"To foster an environment where young people have a renewed 
stake both in their own development as individuals and in the 
well-being of the community," Rodriguez concludes. 


Museum Team 
Afterschool Program 

Brooklyn Children's Museum, Inc. 

Founded in 1899, Brooklyn Children's Museum (BCM) is the 
world's first museum for children. It is a national leader in 
creating innovative programs and exhibitions for young learners, 
including those living in the neighborhood in which it is located 
and one of the most underserved areas of New York City — the Crown 
Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhoods of central Brooklyn. 

One of these innovative programs is the Museum Team 
Afterschool Program, a 15-year-old, free, year-round program that 
invites neighborhood children to "drop in" to the museum after 
school, during weekends, and in summer — with no parent or 
guardian in tow. Once registered, young people can attend as 
often as they like. 

Museum Team offers fun but carefully structured, age-appro- 
priate activities in which museum resources are used to further 
participants' personal, intellectual, and creative development. 
Seven- to 13-year-olds are part of the Kids Crew. This program 
involves a changing mix of daily activities, as well as ongoing 
theme-based "clubs" that pursue long-term projects. For example, 
participants may make quilts while studying their importance 
in early American history; use hip-hop music as a point of 
departure for exploring other related cultural expressions such as 
graffiti and its impact on urban murals or calligraphy in advertising 
logos. Each project connects the children's everyday lives with 
the broader world of history, culture, and science. 

Older children are offered progressively more challenging 
activities that also foster responsibility and instill good work 

Above: Kids Crew members com 
memorate Black History Month 
with a traditional praise dance. 
Above Far Right: Two Museum 
Team participants beautify their 


habits. They mentor younger children, assist with Kids Crew 
programs, and learn how to interpret and present exhibits to 
the public. For instance, a recent project involved extensive 
research in Crown Heights on religion, including visits to places 
of worship and interviews with community leaders. The informa- 
tion they gathered formed the basis of an eight-week curriculum 
for Kids Crew children. It also was used to create displays and 
performances for BCM visitors, including a documentary on 
Chanukah and a presentation on a traditional Islamic garment 
with an explanation of its origins and uses. Eventually these 
older participants, known as Explainers, can receive paying jobs 
as museum interns and, at the same time, explore career paths, 

learn how to write resumes, and 
apply to college — all under the 
guidance of museum mentors. 

Museum Team 
Afterschool Program 

Brooklyn Children's Museum, Inc. 
1 45 Brooklyn Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 1 1213 
Tel: 718-735-4400, Ext. 132 




Focus: Crafts, Dance, Folk & 

Traditional Arts, Humanities, 

Science, Visual Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 750 

Ages: 7-17 

Annual Budget: $370,000 

"Developed primarily in response 
to the area's marked lack of 
supervised after-school opportu- 
nities, Museum Team stands as 
one of the Brooklyn Children's 
Museum's greatest programming 
-Martha B. Graham, 
Vice President, Corporate Social 
Responsibility, JP Morgan Chase 


New Orleans Recreation 
Department/New Orleans Ballet 
Association Center for Dance 

New Orleans Recreation 
Department/New Orleans 
Ballet Association Center 
for Dance 

305 Baronne Street, Suite 700 


Tel: 504-522-0996, Ext. 25 

Fax: 504-595-8454 

E-mail: nord/ 


Focus: Dance 

Annual Number Participating: 400 

Ages: 6-18 

Annual Budget: $282,900 

" We do not have the financial 
means to ever repay you for the 
difference you have made in our 
lives. However, I thank you for 
giving my children and grandchil- 
dren confidence in themselves by 
showing them love, self-worth, 
and discipline in times of adversity." 
•Joan Vaughn, Parent 

It was an ambitious idea: providing free dance classes to 
hundreds of underserved children in New Orleans to demonstrate 
how determination, focus, goal setting, and problem solving can 
carry them far beyond the dance studio. This was something that 
neither the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) nor the 
New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), a dance presenting/service 
organization, could afford on their own. But by pooling resources 
in a unique collaboration, these partners have turned a vision 
into a reality. 

Founded in 1992, the NORD/NOBA Center for Dance offers 
children free ballet, modern, tap, and creative movement classes 
at recreational, community, and public housing sites several 
times a week during the school year and in a camp format in the 
summer. The older, more experienced children can audition for 
a more intensive "Step Up" program that includes advanced 
classes, guest artist residencies, community performances, and 
career mentoring. Up to 40 young people take part in this program. 

Elements of the humanities and academics also are offered. 
Some students keep dance journals. Others explore dance 
history to place dance within a social and cultural context. One 
summer movement workshop, conducted in partnership with 
the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, was based on a study of 


Jeff Strout 

Jeff Strout 

The Great Migration of African 
Americans in the 1920s from 
the South to the industrial 
North, brought to life through 
Jacob Lawrence's paintings 
and book by the same name. 

The partners provide this 
anay of opportunities by dividing 
responsibilities. NORD con- 
tributes class sites and salaries 
for program administrators and 
dance faculty. NOBA provides 
fundraising, master classes, 
workshops, and residencies by 
artists that come to the city 
to appear in their mainstage 

The program's impact is reflected in the many letters 
from parents and guardians. A father wrote from prison to thank 
program officials for guiding his son to a better future by helping 
him "develop his hidden talents." He added: "Not only is a proper 
environment important, but more so, proper guidance. And what 
you are doing is, indeed, proper guidance." 

Above: Dream Child Moving, an inter- 
generational concert, Summer 2002. 
Far Above: Jessica White, Valerie 
Huston, and Francesca Kitchell per- 
form at the Spring Concert. 


SAY Si, San Antonio Youth YES! 

For more than eight years young people at SAY Si have been 
saying "yes" to many things, including staying in school, 
doing well in life, and developing their full potential, all made 
possible through pursuing their artistic talents. 

SAY Si is a year-round, tuition-free program that serves stu- 
dents from San Antonio's urban middle and high schools. To be 
accepted, students must demonstrate artistic talent through a 
portfolio review, make a long-term commitment, and maintain at 
least a "C" average in school. 

Students who join the 
program find a "home away 
from home" where they can 
study the fine arts in a studio 
setting under the guidance 
of both staff and visiting 
artists. Students also have 
access to professional media 
equipment and software in a 
media arts studio where they 
learn to design and edit 
publications, create digital 
videos, and design Web pages. 
Students also gain real-world 
entrepreneurial skills by 
designing logos, business cards, brochures, posters, and 
other products for nonprofit organizations and local businesses. 
The program is structured to help students develop their own 
perspectives. "Kids are used to being told: 'This is what you're 
going to do and here's how you are going to do it,'" observes 
Executive Director Jon Hinojosa. "But when they come here, we 
ask, 'What do you want to do and how can we help you do it?' 
This fosters a personal confidence that is a vital part of the artis- 
tic process and allows students to make positive choices that 
will affect the rest of their lives." 

High school students have immediate ways to invest in 
their community with their newfound skills. Through SAY Si's 
multidisciplinary arts program for middle school youth, they 
work one-on-one with younger children, helping them develop 
problem solving, teamwork, and communications skills. Students 
also facilitate art workshops for children at a local housing pro- 
ject and a battered women's shelter. 

As long as they continue to meet the requirements, students 
are eligible to stay in SAY Si for years. When they do leave 
the program, many SAY "si" to yet another opportunity — fully 90 
percent of participants go on to college. 

Above: Media Arts students 
Desaray Elizondo and Mark 
Martinez shoot a test shot in 
front of SAY Si. Far Right: Regina 
Roman in the Visual Arts studio. 



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Lisa Farnham 

STudents At Risk-STAR 

Trollwood Performing Arts School 

1420 North 8th Street 

Fargo, ND 58102 

Tel: 701-241-4799 


E-mail: chepulv@fargo.k 1 


Focus: Performing Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 45 

Ages: 11-19 

Annual Budget: $62,430 

"Trollwood is a model for smaller 
communities throughout the 
United States in achieving great 
things with small resources." 
-Janine C.Webb, Executive Director, 
North Dakota Council on the Arts 

STudents At Risk-STAR 

Trollwood Performing Arts School 

Trollwood Performing Arts School (TPAS) in Fargo, North 
Dakota, transforms young peoples' lives by immersing them 
in the world of the arts. It provides top quality arts education, 
exceptional community productions, and a celebration of cultural 
diversity. Fargo is the fourth largest recipient community of 
refugees per capita in the nation. 

The school brings professionals from across the country to 
provide summer classes to young people in every aspect of the 
performing arts including 
sequential classes in dance, 
playwriting, video production, 
acting, voice, and technical 
theater. This intensive study 
culminates in a full-scale 
musical that draws an audi- 
ence of 20,000 as well as a 
children's show staged by 
budding performers. In addi- 
tion, throughout their high 
school years, young performers 
and technicians work with pro- 
fessionals during the Summer Above: A Funny Thing Happened 

.1, , i .-. . on the Way to the Forum in perfor- 

to develop and produce theater „ * . 

mance. Left: A voice instructor 

works in a non-traditional Style, guides a duet in a summer per- 

alternating between a student- forming arts class. 

written, commissioned piece, an improvisational play, or a classic. 

To give an extra boost to children with extraordinary challenges 
in their lives, in 1998, TPAS created STAR-STudents At Risk. 
Identified by schools, courts, social services, and immigrant 
service providers, students coming to Trollwood through 
STAR get the help they need to reap the rewards of a Trollwood 
experience — tuition assistance, transportation, and meals. 
At the heart of the STAR program, however, is the individual 
adult mentor who eases the transition into TPAS by connecting 
STAR participants with other students and instructors. This 
advisor also acts as a resource, mediator, and communications 
facilitator throughout their involvement. Through STAR, children 
develop their creative skills and build competencies in commu- 
nicating, organizing, and setting goals. 

TPAS is a springboard for many students to advanced training 
and/or professional careers in the arts. But the stars at TPAS 
shine in many different ways. As one mother wrote about her 
son's work on the production team for the mainstage musical, 
"As I sit and watch his tech crew clean up after each night's 
performance, I am often moved to tears to see him so proud of 
the contribution he is making with his fellow team members. 
He's found his life again." 


Young Artists at Work 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 


or most teens, paying jobs provide not only much-needed 
income, but also a positive use of their time and reinforce- 
ment of their value. In this case, the job is to create art within 
a high-caliber artistic environment," says Dr. Jonathan Yorba, 
director, education and community programs at Yerba Buena 
Center for the Arts. "Practicing art requires self-discipline, problem 
solving and imagination — tools for achieving artistic literacy, 
creation of art, and job and life skills." 

These are the assumptions behind the Young Artists at Work 
(YAAW) program that is managed by Cynthia Taylor, associate 
curator, school and youth programs, and carried out in collabora- 
tion with the San Francisco Unified School District's Regional 
Occupation Program/Career and Technical Education Office. 
Now in its ninth year, 15 artistically inclined, inner-city stu- 
dents participate in part-time, year-round paid residencies at the 
center — an acclaimed Bay Area multi-disciplinary arts venue 
located at the heart of San Francisco's new cultural and commercial 
district. Here they study and create for eight hours a week during 
the school year and 20 hours a week in the summer under the 
guidance of professional artists, carefully selected for their artistic 
achievements and direct experience working with teens. 

Cynthia Taylor 

Above: Young artists rehearse 
for their culminating perfor- 
mance of Live! In Our Real World. 
Above Right: Young artist 
Amparo Martinez films the dress 
rehearsal of EatsNBeats. 


In 2002-03, participants are 
working with a cartoon artist, a 
filmmaker, and a West African 
dance expert. Through this experi- 
ence, these young people hone 
their communication and technical production skills as well as 
abilities to analyze artistic and cultural contexts. Each session 
culminates in a public presentation at the center that provides 
outside validation of the participants' work. In addition, YAAW 
students are linked through exchanges and peer performances 
with other cultural institutions in the community, such as the 
African American Cultural Center, Zeum, The Jewish Museum of 
San Francisco, and The Cartoon Art Museum. 

The program also is designed to develop such practical life 
skills as punctuality, respect, and self-discipline. Each participant 
receives an Employee Handbook and signs a memorandum of 
understanding agreeing to focus on solutions rather than problems, 
support others in the group, and have fun. Small-group work 
further encourages development of positive interpersonal skills. 
Some YAAW graduates have obtained jobs in theaters or in 
arts centers, while others have gone on to enroll in university arts 

programs. But even those who 
do not continue in the arts 
have acquired promising new 
perspectives and life skills. 

Young Artists at Work 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 

701 Mission Street 

San Francisco, CA 94103 

Tel: 4 1 5-978-27 10 




Focus: Literary, Media & Performing 

Arts.Visual Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 15 

Ages: 14-19 

Annual Budget: $91,513 

"We have followed the successes 
of Young Artists at Work and have 
seen dozens of participants go on to 
universities, get jobs in the arts, or 
take steps towards other productive 
life goals and interests. This is why 
I know that we have made a sound 
investment in the program and in 
the future of these young people." 
-William Laven, Co-Director, 
Potrero Nuevo Fund 


Youth Document Durham 

Center for Documentary Studies 
Youth Document Durham 

Center for Documentary Studies 

1317 West Pettigrew Street 

Durham, NC 27705 

Tel: 9 1 9-660-3676 




Focus: Documentary Arts 
Annual Number Participating: 1 60 
Ages: 11-16 
Annual Budget: $ 1 00,000 

"Youth Document Durham uses 
the tools of photography, interviews, 
oral history, and the visual arts to 
press people to forge their own 
interpretation of local community 
through a coherent and compelling 
narrative, whether that is oral, aural, 
visual, or text-based." 
-Harlan Joel Gradin, 
Director of Programs, North 
Carolina Humanities Council 

Below: Adrian Boyes and Sakina 
Taylor work on their group's final 
project, an artist book of their 
photographs and writing. Right: Ivy 
McCreary practices interviewing. 

Alex Maness, The Independent Weekly 

The documentary process is 
a powerful way to capture 
the story of an issue, an era, or a 
community. What happens when 
documentary tools — oral history, 
research, interviewing, recording, 
writing, photography, and three- 
dimensional design — are put in 
the hands of youth? What kinds 
of stories do they tell? What do 
the young documentarians learn from the process itself? 

Believing that young people can make valuable contributions 
to community dialogue, the organizers of Youth Document 
Durham set out to engage participants in documentary projects 
that amplify youth voices. The seven-year-old program is run by 
the Center for Documentary Studies, an affiliate of Duke University, 
and is dedicated to advancing documentary work that combines 
experiences and creativity with education and community life. 

Youth Document Durham includes summer and after-school 
programs. The summer program is open to students across 
Durham County. Meeting daily for three weeks, participants 
work with folklorists, photographers, writers, and other artists. 
Teams of young people then fan out into the community to 
explore and document responses to various themes, developed 
by youth advisors. One group recently talked to community 





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leaders about issues of race and produced a quilt filled with 
images of their responses. Another group used contemporary 
and historical photos to explore the history of Durham, specifically 
the way technology has changed Durham and peoples' lives 
there. Another group explored the issue of teens and violence, 
and created a series of annotated postcards. 

The after-school program, Durham Works, is conducted in 
collaboration with the City of Durham Parks and Recreation 
Department, community organizations, and Durham County 21st 
Century Learning Centers. The program's goal is to use the 
humanities and arts to help participants "understand what it takes 
to get certain jobs and what it takes to be successful in those 
jobs," says Program Director Barbara Lau. In each session, teams 
of students interview and photograph doctors, lawyers, sports 
figures, cosmetologists, and others, and create hand-made 
magazines from their research, portions of which are excerpted 
into a public exhibition. 

"Youth Document Durham challenges teens to experience 
their communities as places of learning. This program gives 
young people essential tools for life," summarizes E'Vonne 
Coleman-Rorie, assistant director for Duke University's Office of 
Continuing Education. 


Above: Young children of 
Mazatlan, Mexico, pose for the 
photographer. Far Above: 
An EL FARO sculptor at work. 

his year the President's 
Committee on the 
Arts and the Humanities 
welcomes the inclusion of 
two youth arts learning 
programs based in Mexico 
as recipients of Coming Up 
Taller Awards. These awards 
are consistent with the 
President's Committee's interest in promoting mutual inter- 
national understanding through the arts and the humanities. 

These goals are shared by CULTURAL CONTACT, 
US-Mexico Fund for Cultur e/CONTACTO CULTURAL, 
Fideicomisio para la Cultura Mexico-EUA, a nonprofit 
cultural organization in Mexico City. We are grateful to them 
for identifying these leading arts programs for underserved 
children and for supporting the Coming Up Taller Awards. 


US Miimo Fjnd < 

Fabrica de Artes 
y Of icios de Oriente 


n Iztapalapa, an industrial 
, district on the outskirts of 
Mexico City, a stunning building 
stands as a beacon of light 
and hope. A dramatic piece 
of architecture by Alberto 
Kalach, it suggests a large 
boat, illuminated by a beacon, 
and is set against a sandy 
beach from a long-dead lake. 
The building's design is a 
metaphor for its function — a 
vessel of culture and a place of revelation and refuge. 

Known as EL FARO, "the beacon," Fabrica de Artes y Oficios 
de Oriente/Factoiy of Arts and Crafts of the East is a bold 
attempt to mend the tattered fabric of this densely populated but 
overlooked neighborhood. Here nationally and internationally 
recognized artists, often donating their time, and their apprentices, 
ages 17-25, create cultural products from start to finish. If the 
result is a magazine, they make the paper, design the layout, 
write the poetry or articles, take the photographs, silkscreen the 
cover, and print the magazine. Participants are invited to sell 


Below: A celebration of Dia de 
la Tierra/Earth Day. Far Below: 
A classical guitar performance. 

Fabrica de Artes y 
Oficios de Oriente 

Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza S/N 
Col. Fuentes de Zaragoza 
Iztapalapa, Mexico D.F. 09 1 50 
Tel: [01 1-52-55] 57-38-74-42 
Fax: [01 1-52-55] 57-38-74-40 

Focus: Dance, Music, Theater, 

Visual Arts 

Annual Number Participating: 875 

Ages: 6-25 

Annual Budget: $ 1 50,000 

"The decision of a government 
and a community to carry forth a 
project of this kind has created a 
cultural oasis in a desert, a space 
dedicated to the meeting of 
different cultural expressions, a 
space to dream, a space for us to 
imagine hope for the future." 
-Benjamin Gonzalez, 

Director, Fabrica de Artes y 

Oficios de Oriente 

Magali Galvez 

their works for profit at events throughout Mexico. "Young 
people discover that they can express themselves. They know 
that what they learn can help them speak to others. They know 
that they can live from what they do with their hands, what 
they write with their pen, what they say with their bodies 
by dancing or with their voice by acting," Director Benjamin 
Gonzales explains. 

In addition, through a trimester program, young children 
take 26 free workshops in everything from sculpture to paper- 
mache, dance, toy-making, theater, or music. These workshops, 
like the training program, culminate in showcase events throughout 
the community and Mexico City. 

For children and families in the neighborhood, EL FARO is a 
sanctuary, where everyone counts. And here, the demands of 
everyday life can be set aside by a visit to the library with its 
books donated by important Mexican writers; to Library Club, 
where volunteers read fairy tales and other literature to children 
and their families; or to the gardens, an exhibition, theatrical 
performance, concert or cinema. 


Above: Seven- to 10-year old 
students receive instruction in 
design at one of the many local 
workshops throughout Mazatlan 
Below: Students work in a sculp 
ture workshop in the El Quelite 
neighborhood of Mazatlan. 

Hector Hebia 

Hector Hebia 


Talleres Culturales 
en Zonas Marginadas 

Centro Municipal de Artes 

Located in the port city of Mazatlan on the west coast of 
Mexico, the Centro Municipal de Artes/Municipal Center 
for the Arts (CMA) is known throughout Mexico for the breadth 
and depth of its cultural offerings to adults and young people. 

The center, founded in 1989 and located in a building housing 
a professional theater, boasts schools of music, classical ballet, 
and contemporary ballet for young people. Students enrolled in 
the music school receive public school credit for their studies. 
In addition, the center is home to a youth jazz band, a youth 
orchestra, a children's choir, and a folk ballet ensemble, all of 
which perform at local, regional, and international events. On 
every day except Sunday, children also come to the center to 
participate in a plethora of workshops, to attend films, or use 
the sound studio. At the core of these cultural activities are 
highly regarded local artists and teachers from other countries, 
including the United States. 

In 1993, in partnership with the Municipal Cultural Diffusion 
Office, a county government agency, CMA inaugurated Talleres 
Culturales en Zonas Marginadas/Cultuial Workshops in Underserved 
Areas, a program to take the arts to children in surrounding vil- 
lages where arts instruction is minimal or nonexistent. Periodically, 
artists from the center are taken by bus to 16 villages to run 
workshops in literature, theater, and the visual arts. The teachers 
donate their time. The classes are free, and all supplies are 
provided to the children. 

The workshops are held in the village square — in the open 
air, in tents, or under a covered space. Here, for example, children 
are read stories. They then draw illustrations for the story and 
write their own. They build puppets with painted faces and 

perform short plays they create. 

While working with the 
children, the instructors 
identify children with partic- 
ular artistic potential. Through 
a scholarship program, these 
children can attend more 
intensive classes at the center 
in Mazatlan. This year, eight 
young people are beneficiaries 
of this opportunity. 

Ricardo Urquijo, director 
of the center, is pleased that 
the center's programs are 
inspiring others to develop 
cultural opportunities for 
children. "Four villages in the 
county of Mazatlan now 
offer ongoing arts workshops 
modeled on our work " 

Talleres Culturales en 
Zonas Marginadas 

Centro Municipal de Artes 
Teatro Angela Peralta 
Calle Carnaval s/n 
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, 
Mexico D.F. 82000 

Tel: [01 1-52-66] 99-82-44-47 
Fax: [01 1-52-66] 99-82-44-46 

Focus: Literature.Theater, Visual Arts 
Annual Number Participating: 250 
Ages: 6- 1 2 
Annual Budget: $7,000 

"We are taking culture beyond the 
halls of our center so that children 
in rural areas also can experience 
the joy of creating and learning." 
-Ricardo Urquijo, Director, 
Municiple Arts Center 



Coming Up Taller 
Awards Semifinalists 


Art Start, Inc. 
New York, NY 


Indianapolis Art Center 

Indianapolis, IN 

ArtsReach Louisville 
Kentucky Center for the Arts 
Endowment Fund, Inc. 
Louisville, KY 

Berklee City Music 
Berklee College of Music 
Boston, MA 

Boston Photo Collaborative 
Boston, MA 

Butte Center for 
the Performing Arts 
Butte, MT 

Carriage House Stage and School 
Everett Dance Theatre 
Providence, RI 

City Center Art 
Space One Eleven 
Birmingham, AL 

The CityKids Repertory Company 
The CityKids Foundation 
New York, NY 

Michael Reidy 

Community Arts 
Baltimore Clayworks, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Express Yourself, Inc. 
Peabody, MA 

Community Arts Partnership 
California Institute of the Arts 
Valencia, CA 


The Asian American Writers' 

Workshop, Inc. 

New York, NY 

Global Artways 

Salt Lake City Corporation 

Salt Lake City, UT 

The Harbor Conservatory for the 

Performing Arts 

Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. 

New York, NY 

Dare to Dance 

Ballet East Dance Company 

Austin, TX 

The Delphi Project Foundation 
Philadelphia, PA 

Redmoon Theater 
Chicago, IL 

DREAMS of Wilmington, Inc. 
Wilmington, NC 

Hard Cover 

Community Television Network 

Chicago, IL 

IndepenDANCE, Inc. d/b/a 
Moving in the Spirit 
Atlanta, GA 

Inside Out Community Arts 
Los Angeles, CA 

Locust Street Neighborhood Art 
Classes, Inc. 
Buffalo, NY 

Los Angeles Center for Education 


Hollywood, CA 


Below: Nyun Son and Botta Ung as 

policemen in the musical, Elsewhere 
and Back. 

Marwen Foundation 

Chicago, IL 

Merit School of Music 

Chicago, IL 

New Urban Arts 

Providence, RI 

The Saturday Outreach Program 
Cooper Union for the 
Advancement of Science and Art 

New York, NY 

Sitka Native Education Program 
Sitka Tribe of Alaska 
Sitka. AK 

Oakland Youth Chorus, Inc. 
Oakland, CA 

Strive Media Institute 
Milwaukee, WI 

Positive Directions Through Dance 
Dance Institute of Washington 

Washington. DC 

Pre-Professional Dance Program 
Center of Contemporary Arts 

St. Louis, MO 

Project YIELD 

Museum of Children's Art 


Oakland. CA 

Student Theatre Enrichment 


The Cleveland Public Theatre 

Cleveland, OH 

SWAT, Celebration Teams and 
Summer Institute 
National Dance Institute 
New York, NY 

Take Center Stage 

Huntington Theatre Company. Inc. 

Boston, MA 

Recasting the Circle: Encountering 
the Dimensions of Community 
Center Stage Associates, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Teen Media Program 

The Community Art Center, Inc. 

Cambridge. MA 


Cynthia Taylor 

Coming Up Taller 
Awards National Jury 


Jill Berryman 
Executive Director 
Sierra Arts Foundation 
Reno, NV 

Allison L. Dillon 

Managing Director 
Nashville Children's Theatre 
Nashville, TN 

Lolita Mayadas 

Englewood, NJ 

Anne Phillips 


Kindred Spirits Foundation 

New York, NY 

Tim Rollins 


The Art and Knowledge Workshop 

New York, NY 

Maria Salvadore 


Children's Literature Specialist 

Washington, DC 

Deborah Taylor 


School and Student Services 

Enoch Pratt Free Library 

Baltimore, MD 

Timothy Rex Wadham 
Children's Services Coordinator 
Maricopa County Library District 
Phoenix, AZ 

Tracey M. Weis 

Associate Professor 
Department of History 
Millersville University 
Millersville, PA 

Above: Young Artists at Work, 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 
rehearse an original theatrical 


Coming Up Taller 

Awards Five -Year Retrospective 

Coming Up Taller Awardees 


A Company of Girls 

East End Children's Workshop 

Portland, ME 

Dance-The Next Generation 
Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. 
Sarasota, FL 

Angkor Dance Troupe 

Lowell, MA 

DC WritersCorps 
Washington, DC 

Appalachian Media Institute 

Whiteshuig, KY 

Artists for Humanity 
Boston, MA 

DC Youth Orchestra Program 

Washington, DC 

Documentary Workshop 
Educational Video Center, Inc. 

New York, NY 


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 

St. Louis, MO 

East Bay Center for the Performing 

Richmond, CA 

Arts and Cultural Preservation 
Program; Youth/Elder Initiative 
Tohono O'odham Community 
Sells, AZ 

Arts Apprenticeship Training 


Manchester Craftsmen's Guild 

Pittsburgh, PA 

Arts in Education Program in 
Architecture and 
Design/Community Studies 
Henry Street Settlement 

New York, NY 

Boys' Choir of Tallahassee 
Florida State University School of 
Social Work 

Tallahassee, FL 

Chicago Children's Choir 

Chicago, IL 

Corcoran Art Mentorship Program 


Corcoran College of Art and 


Washington, DC 



Education Through the Arts 

The Village of Arts and Humanities 

Philadelphia, PA 

El Puente Arts and Cultural Center 
El Puente 

Brooklyn, NY 

The Experimental Gallery 

The Children's Museum, Seattle 

Seattle, WA 

Fabrica de Artes y Oficios de 


Iztapalapa, Mexico 

Below: Kamala Coddrington- 
White takes beginning violin 
lessons with Annette Adams as 
part of the DC Youth Orchestra 

Michael Di Bari.Jr. 

The 52nd Street Project 

New York, NY 

Gallery 37 

Chicago Department of Cultural 


Chicago, IL 

Gallup Performing Arts Academy 
Gallup Area Arts Council 

Gallup, NM 

Great Basin Young Chautauquans 
Nevada Humanities Committee 

Reno, NV 

Hilltop Artists in Residence 

Tacoma, WA 

Inner-City Arts After School 
Inner-City Arts 
Los Angeles, CA 

James E. Biggs Early Childhood 
Education Center 

Covington, KY 

Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts 
Enrichment Program 
Settlement Music School 

Philadelphia, PA 

Los Cenzontles Mexican 
Arts Center 

San Pablo, CA 

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 

Port Gibson, MS 

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit 

Detroit, MI 

Museum Team Afterschool 


Brooklyn Children's Museum, Inc. 

Brooklyn, NY 

New Orleans Recreation 
Department/New Orleans Ballet 
Association Center for Dance 

New Orleans, LA 

Philadelphia Department of 
Recreation Mural Arts Program 

Philadelphia, PA 

Prime Time Family Reading Time 
Louisiana Endowment for the 

New Orleans, LA 

Project Self Discovery 

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 

Denver, CO 

RAW Chiefs 

RAW Art Works, Inc. 

Lynn, MA 

SAY Si, San Antonio Youth YES! 
San Antonio, TX 

Street-Level Youth Media 

Chicago, IL 

STudents At Risk-STAR, 
Trollwood Performing Arts School 

Fargo, ND 

Talleres Culturales en Zonas 


Centro Municipal de Artes 

Smaloa, Mexico 

Teen Parent Reading Project 
Vermont Council on the Humanities 

MornsviUe, VT 

Urban smARTS 

Department of Arts and Cultural 


San Antonio, TX 

THE YARD (Youth at Risk Dancing) 
Cleveland School of the Arts 
Cleveland. OH 

Young Artists at Work 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 

San Francisco, CA 

Young Aspirations/Young 
Artists, Inc. 
New Orleans, LA 

The New Voices Ensemble 
The People's Light and Theatre 

Malvern, PA 

PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre 
Wheelock Family Theatre 
Boston, MA 

Peer Education Program 
Illusion Theatre and School, Inc. 

Minneapolis, MN 

Young Strings 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra 

Dallas, TX 

Youth Communication 
New York, NY 

Youth Document Durham 
Center for Documentary Studies 
Durham. NC 

Youth in Focus 
Seattle. WA 


Coming Up Taller 
Awards Semifinalists 


This retrospective list includes all those organizations that 
were semifinalists over the last five years of Coming Up 
Taller with the exception of those that went on to receive an 
award in the same or a subsequent year. 


Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey 

Kansas City, MO 

Albany Park Theater Project 

Chicago, IL 

ALPHA Teen Theatre 
Alliance for the Progress of 
Hispanic Americans, Inc. 

Manchester, NH 

American Variety Theatre Company 

Minneapolis, MN 

Arapaho Culture/Language 
Immersion Pre-School Project 

Arapaho, WY 

Art a la Carte and Art Express 
Federated Dorchester 
Neighborhood Houses, Inc. 

Dorchester, MA 

Art After School 
Mulvane Art Museum 
Topeka, KS 


Fulton County Arts Council 

Atlanta, GA 

Art Start, Inc. 

New York, NY 

Art Team 

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts 

Minneapolis, MN 

The Artists Collective, Inc. 
Hartford, CT 


Indianapolis Art Center 

Indianapolis, IN 

Arts Academy Teen Arts 

South Boston Neighborhood House 

Boston, MA 

Arts in Common 

Fitton Center for Creative Arts 

Hamilton, OH 


Point Breeze Performing Arts 


Philadelphia, PA 

Lane Arts Council 
Eugene, OR 

ArtsReach Louisville 
Kentucky Center for the Arts 
Endowment Fund, Inc. 
Louisville, KY 

Art WORKS! for Youth 
Tucson-Pima Arts Council 
Tucson, AZ 

Bard Course in the Humanities 
The Door 

New York, NY 

Berklee City Music 
Berklee College of Music 

Boston, MA 

Boston Photo Collaborative 

Boston, MA 

Butte Center for the Performing Arts 

Butte, MT 

Carriage House Stage and School 
Everett Dance Theatre 
Providence, RI 

CAT Youth Theatre 

Creative Arts Team/New York 


New York. NY 

Children of the Future 
Greater Columbus Arts Council 

Columbus, OH 

Christina Cultural Arts Center, Inc. 

Wilmington, DE 

City Center Art 
Space One Eleven 

Birmingham, AL 

CityKids Repertory Co. 
CityKids Foundation 
New York, NY 

Community Arts 
Baltimore Clayworks, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Community Arts Partnership 
California Institute of the Arts 
Valencia, CA 

Community Connection 
Indianapolis Museum of Art 
Indianapolis, IN 

Community Folk Life Program; 
Positive Youth Troupe 
Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center 
Bronx, NY 


Community Music Center 
San Diego, CA 

Community Youth Mural Program 
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission 

Santa Fe, NM 

Computer Clubhouse 
Computer Museum 

Boston, MA 


Court Youth Center 

Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation 

Las Cruces, NM 

Coyote Junior High 

Seattle, WA 


Asian American Writers' 

Workshop, Inc. 

New York, NY 

Creative Solutions Program 
Young Audiences of Greater Dallas 
Dallas, TX 

Expressive Arts 
Tanager Place 

Cedar Rapids, LA 

Family History Artbook Project 
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 

Atlanta, GA 

Future Stars/SMART Moves 

Players Programs 

The Boys and Girls Club of Easton 

Easton, PA 

Global Artways 

Salt Lake City Corporation 

Salt Lake City, UT 

Greater Newark Youth Orchestra 
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 

Newark, NJ 

Growing Stages: Theatre by and 
for Youth 
Shenan Arts, Inc. 
Staunton, VA 

Dare to Dance Program 
Ballet East Dance Company 

Austin, TX 

The Delphi Project Foundation 

Philadelphia. PA 

Redmoon Theater 

Chicago, IL 

DREAMS of Wilmington, Inc. 

Wilmington. NC 

East of the River Boys and Girls 
Steel Band 
Washington. DC 

Enriched Instrumental Instruction 
for Hmong Children 
Lawrence Arts Academy 

Appleton. WI 

Express Yourself, Inc. 

Peabody. MA 

NORD/NOBA students and 
community members perform 
a scene from Dream Child 
Moving, an intergenerational 
performance piece. 

The Harbor Conservatory 
for the Performing Arts 
Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. 
New York. NY 

Hard Cover 

Community Television Network 

Chicago. IL 

IndepenDANCE, Inc. d/b/a 
Moving in the Spirit 
Atlanta. GA 

Inner City Neighborhood Art House 
Erie. PA 


Inside Out Community Arts 
Los Angeles, CA 

Investigating Where We Live 
National Building Museum 
Washington, DC 

The Junior Docent Program 
The Hudson River Museum 

Yonkeis, NY 

Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of 
Harlem Residency 

Washington, DC 

Lake Street Theater Club 

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet 

and Mask Theatre 

Minneapolis. MN 

Living Stage Theatre Company 
Arena Stage 

Washington, DC 

Locust Street Neighborhod Art 
Classes, Inc. 

Buffalo, NY 

Los Angeles Center for 
Education Research 
Hollywood, CA 

Marwen Foundation 
Chicago, IL 

Mayor's Youth Employment 
in the Arts 
Kenosha, WI 

Media Arts Youth Programs; 

Professional Television Training 


Downtown Community Television 

Center, Inc. 

New York, NY 

Merit School of Music 
Chicago, JL 

MOTHEREAD, Inc. and state 
Raleigh, NC 

Multicultural Education and 
Counseling through the Arts 
Houston, TX 

Neighbors' Starpoint 
The Children's Museum of 
Indianapolis, IN 

New Urban Arts 
Providence, RI 

Newark Community School 
of the Arts 

Newark, NJ 

Oakland Youth Chorus, Inc. 
Oakland. CA 

The One Voice Arts Project 
Monterey County Office for 
Employment Training 

Salinas, CA 

Phillis Wheatley Repertory 
Theatre for Youth 
Greenville, SC 

Positive Directions Through Dance 
Dance Institute of Washington 

Washington, DC 

Pre-Professional Dance Program 
Center of Contemporary Arts 

St. Lows, MO 

Progressive Afterschool Art 
Community Education Program 
Norton Gallery and School of Art, Inc. 
West Palm Beach, FL 

Project ABLE 
Mill Street Loft 
Poughkeepsie, NY 

Project LIFT 

The Dance Ring, Inc. / New York 

Theatre Ballet 

New York, NY 

Project YIELD 

Museum of Children's Art 


Oakland, CA 

Purple Bamboo Children's 

Traditional Chinese Instrument 


Purple Silk Music Education 


San Francisco, CA 

Radio Arte— WRTE 90.5 FM 
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum 

Chicago, IL 

Recasting the Circle: Encountering 
the Dimensions of Community 
Center Stage Associates, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Red Ladder Theatre Company 
San Jose, CA 

Regent After School Program 
Whitney Museum of American Art 
New York, NY 

Resident Youth Ensemble 
New York, NY 


Above: From left to right, Pricilla 
Martin, Esmeralda Molina, Rosalba 
Rosas, and Xiomara Mendoza, 
young singers and dancers from 
Los Cenzontles, celebrate during 
El Dia de San Pablo Kermes/San 
Pablo Day Fair. 

Saint Joseph Ballet 
Santa Ana, CA 

San Antonio Cultural Arts, Inc. 

San Antonio, TX 

Sankofa African Dance and Drum 


Inner City Cultural League, Inc. 

Dover, DE 

Santa Fe Teen Arts Center 
Warehouse 21 

Santa Fe, NM 

The Saturday Outreach Program 
Cooper Union for the 
Advancement of Science and Art 

New York, NY 

Sitka Native Education Program 
Sitka Tribe of Alaska 
Sitka, AK 


Center for Development 

and Learning 

Covington. LA 

Southeast Site 

Levine School of Music 

Washington, DC 

The Spot 
Denver, CO 

Strive Media Institute 

Milwaukee, WI 

Student Theatre Enrichment 


The Cleveland Public Theatre 

Cleveland, OH 

SWAT, Celebration Teams and 
Summer Institute 
National Dance Institute 

New York, NY 

Synthesis Arts Workshop 
United Action for Youth 

Iowa City, IA 

Take Center Stage 

Huntington Theatre Company, Inc. 

Boston, MA 

Taller Puertorriqueho 

Philadelphia, PA 

Teen Media Program 

The Community Art Center, Inc. 

Cambridge, MA 

To Make the World A Better Place 

New York NY 

Urban Arts Training Program 
Arts Council of New Orleans 

New Orleans, LA 

Urban Improv 
Freelance Players, Inc. 

Jamaica Plain, MA 

West Virginia Dreamers/Bridge 

of Dreams 

Step by Step, Inc. 

Harts, WV 

Will Power to Youth 
Shakespeare Festival/LA 
Los Angeles, CA 

Youth Mentorship Program 
Henry Ford Museum 
& Greenfield Village 
Dearborn, MI 


The Lied Children's Museum 

Las Vegas, NV 


Coming Up Taller Awards Jurists 


The following experts were members of a Coming Up Taller 
National Jury between 1998 and 2002. Their titles reflect the 
positions they held at the time they served. 

Debbie Allen 

Los Angeles, CA 

Peggy Barber 

Associate Executive Director for 


American Library Association 

Chicago, IL 

Roger L. Bedard 

Evelyn Smith Family Professor of 


Arizona State University 

Tempe, AZ 

Tomas J. Benitez 


Self Help Graphics and Art, Inc. 

Los Angeles, CA 

Jill Berryman 

Executive Director 
Sierra Arts Foundation 
Reno, NV 

Arthur I. Blaustein 


Department of City and Regional 


University of California at 


Berkeley, CA 

Brett D. Bonda 

Education Director 
Richmond Ballet 
Richmond, VA 

William Cook 


Department of English 

Dartmouth College 

Hanover, NH 

J. Mark Davis 


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 

Atlanta, GA 

Allison Dillon 

Managing Director 
Nashville Children's Theater 

Nashville, TN 

Jose Dominguez 

Program Associate 

Young Playwrights' Theater 

Washington, DC 

Mashunte' Glass 

Youth Jurist 
Atlanta, GA 

Ronnie Hartfield 

Executive Director for Museum 


The Art Institute of Chicago 

Chicago, IL 

Shirley Brice Heath 

Professor of English and 

Stanford University 

Grady Hillman 


Austin, TX 

Bill Bulick 


Creative Planning Consultants 

Portland, OR 

Norma E. Cantu 

Professor of English 
Texas A&M International 
Laredo, TX 

Libby Lai-Bun Chiu 

Executive Director 
Urban Gateways 
Chicago, IL 

William Cleveland 


Center for the Study of Art and 


Minneapolis, MN 

Samuel Chuen-Tsung Hoi 


Corcoran College of Art and 


Washington, DC 

Johnny Irizarry 

Program Specialist for Latino 


Office of Curriculum Support 

School District of Philadelphia 

Philadelphia, PA 

Alexine Clement Jackson 

National President 
YWCA of the USA 

Potomac, MD 

Homer Jackson 

Philadelphia, PA 


Collette Lampkin 

Youth Jurist 

Washington, DC 

Jeremy Chi-Ming Liu 

Director of Community Programs 
Asian Community Development 

Boston, MA 

Lolita Mayadas 

Englewood, NJ 

Sandra Mayo 

Dean of Arts and Sciences 
St. Philip's College 
San Antonio, TX 

Barbara Meyerson 

Executive Director 
Arizona Museum for Youth 

Mesa, AZ 

Edda Meza 

Youth Jurist 

Chicago, IL 

Maria Salvadore 


Children's Literature and Literacy 

Washington, DC 

Felix R. Sanchez 


National Hispanic Foundation for 

the Arts 

Washington, DC 

Harriet Sanford 

President and CEO 
Arts and Science Council 

Charlotte, NC 

Carter Julian Savage 

Senior Director 

Education Programs 

Boys and Girls Clubs of America 

Atlanta, GA 

Diantha Schull 

Executive Director 
Libraries for the Future 

New York, NY 

W. Jean Moore 

Director of Languages and 


Northwest Mississippi Community 


Coldwater, MS 

Da Thao Nguyen 

Youth Jurist 

Boston, MA 

Naomi Shihab Nye 

Writer and Editor 
San Antonio, TX 

Ann Phillips 


Kindred Spirits Foundation 

New York, NY 

Jane Prancan 

Executive Director 
U.S. West Foundation 

Denver, CO 

Dr. Alberto Rafols 

Executive Director 

The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz 


Aptos, CA 

William Reeder 


National Foundation for 

Advancement in the Arts 

Miami, FL 

Tim Rollins 


K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) 

New York. NY 

Shirley K. Sneve 


Visual Arts Center 

Sioux Falls, SD 

Isabel Carter Stewart 

Executive Director 

Chicago Foundation for Women 

Chicago, IL 

Deborah Taylor 


After-School and Student Services 

Enoch Pratt Free Library 

Baltimore, MD 

Timothy Rex Wadham 

Children's Services Coordinator 
Maricopa County Library District 

Phoenix, AZ 

Tracey M. Weis 

Associate Professor 
Department of History 
Millersville University 
Millersville, PA 

Karen White 


Karen White Studio 

Denver, CO 

Daniel J. Windham 

President and CEO 
Kansas City Young 
Audiences, Inc. 

Kansas City, MO 

Phillip Ying 


Ying Quartet 

Rochester. NY 


Coming Up Taller 
Awards Contributors 


The accomplishments of Coming Up Taller have been made 
possible through the generous support of: 

American Express Company 

American Photo 

Anncox Foundation, Inc. 

Susan Barnes-Gelt 

Lerone Bennett, Jr. 

Madeleine Harris Berman 

Beth Singer Design 

Betsy and Alan Cohn Foundation 

Curt Bradbury 

John Brademas 


The Chase Manhattan Foundation 

The Communications Consortium 

W. Robert Connor 

Cranium, Inc. 

Fund for Culture/CCWTACTO 
CULTURAL, Fideicomiso para 
la Cultura Mexico-EUA 
with assistance from 
Mr. Eugenio Lopez Alonso 

Margaret Corbett Daley 

Don Coleman Advertising, Inc. 


Earth Sciences & Technologies 
International, Inc. 

First Book 

Everett L. Fly 

Four Graphics 


Cynthia Friedman 

GMAC Financial Services 

Noel Gould, Esq. 

Green Family Foundation 

Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro 

Hachette Filipacchi Magazines 

The Harman Family Foundation, 
Jane and Sidney Harman 

Harold Williams Foundation 

Harriet Mayor Fulbnght Fund 

Henry J. Kaufmann & Associates, Inc. 

Irene Y. Hirano 

David Henry Hwang 

Image Graphics 

Image Works 

Institute for Civil Society 

Institute of Museum and 
Library Services 

Istros Media Corporation 

Alice S. Kandell 

KSF Production Group, Inc. 

The Leonora Foundation 

Loews Cineplex Entertainment 

Martin E. Marty 

MasterCard International 

Pellom & Nawab McDaniels 

JoAnn McGrath 

MetLife Foundation 

Rita Moreno 

Raymond D. Nasher 

National Endowment for the Arts 

National Endowment for the 

New York Stock Exchange, Inc. 

Thomas M. & Victoria A. O'Gara 

Podesta Associates, Inc. 

Popular Photography 

Preview Travel 

Quebecor, USA 

Quincy Jones Productions, Inc. 

Richard Rabinowitz 

Recording Industry of America 

Reese Press 

Robert and Joyce Menschel 
Family Foundation 

The Rodgers and Hammerstein 

The Rodgers Family Foundation, Inc. 

S.H. & Helen R. Scheuer 
Family Foundation 

Samsonite Company Stores 

Samsonite Corporation 

Sara Lee Corporation 

Knsten Schmeelcke of Holland and 
Knight LLP 

Semel Charitable Foundation 

Ann Sheffer 

Walter H. Shorenstein 

Sony Online Entertainment 

Surdna Foundation 

Sylvia Major Trust 

Travelodge Franchise Systems, Inc. 

Howard A. TuDman 

U.S. Department of Education 

Universal Studios, Inc. 

Dwain Wall 

Westgate Resorts 

Whitmore Print and Imaging 

Widmeyer Communications, Inc. 

Shirley P. Wilhite 

Laura A. Winter 


President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 

I 1 00 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Suite 526 
Washington, DC 20506 

Phone: 202-682-5409 
Fax: 202-682-5668 

Recognizing that the Nation's cultural life contributes to the vibrancy of society 
and the strength of democracy, the President's Committee on the Arts and 
the Humanities helps to incorporate the arts and humanities into White House 
objectives. The Committee bridges federal agencies and the private sector to 
recognize cultural excellence, access and participation; engage in research and 
recognition programs that underscore the civic, social, educational, and historical 
value of the arts and humanities; initiate special projects that celebrate the spirit 
of our Nation and its relationship to other nations; and stimulate private funding 
for these activities. 

First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair 

Ms.Adair Margo, Chairman 

Mr. Henry Moran, Executive Director 

National Endowment for the Arts 

1 1 00 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Phone: 202-682-5400 
Washington, DC 20506 Fax: 202-682-56 1 I 



The National Endowment for the Arts enriches our Nation and its diverse 
cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing learning in 
the arts, and strengthening the arts in communities throughout the country. The 
Endowment was established in 1965 by Congress as an independent agency of 
the federal government. Since then, it has awarded more than I 17,000 grants to 
arts organizations and artists in all fifty states and the six U.S. jurisdictions. This 
public investment in the nation's cultural life has resulted in both new and classic 
works of art reaching every corner of America. 

Ms. Eileen B. Mason, Senior Deputy Chairman 

National Endowment for the Humanities 

I 1 00 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20506 

Phone: 202-606-8400 
Fax: 202-606-8240 

Because democracy demands wisdom, the National Endowment for the 
Humanities serves and strengthens our Republic by promoting excellence in the 
humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The 
Endowment accomplishes this mission by providing grants for high-quality 
humanities projects in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to 
cultural resources, education, research, and public programs. 

Dr. Bruce M. Cole, Chairman 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

I 1 00 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Phone: 202-606-8536 
Washington, DC 20506 Fax: 202-606-859 1 



The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a federal grant -making agency 
that promotes leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning by supporting the 
nation's museums and libraries. Created by the Museum and Library Services Act 
of 1996, IMLS supports all types of museums, from art and history to science and 
zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to 
research and school. IMLS expands the educational benefit of these institutions 
by encouraging partnerships. 

Dr. Robert S. Martin, Director