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The participation of the following businesses, foundations, 
and organizations in supporting the 10th anniversary of the 
Coming Up Taller Awards has been indispensable. 

Cherner Lincoln, Mercury, Isuzu, and Kia 

Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Foundation 

GMAC Financial Services 

Miller & Long Co., Inc. 

Members, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 

Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China 

Surdna Foundation, Inc. 

The U.S.— Mexico Foundation for Culture, with special support from 

the Comex Group, Fundacion Coca-Cola, and United Airlines 

Time Warner Inc. 

Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation 

We recognize and appreciate all contributors listed on page 66 whose 
assistance enabled Coming Up Taller to reach its 10th anniversary. 

GMAC Financial Services [lnieWcirner 

With gratitude, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 
acknowledges GMAC Financial Services and Time Warner Inc. for their 
leadership commitment to arts and education. Their generous contributions 
play a significant role in the success of the Coming Up Taller program 
and make this publication possible. 

Special thanks go to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 
for its partnership in coordinating the Coming Up Taller program. 



The following individuals are central to the success of this initiative: 

Carmen Boston, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 
Wilsonia Cherry, National Endowment for the Humanities 
Candace Katz, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 
i Marsha Semmel, Institute of Museum and Library Services 

Traci Slater-Rigaud, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 
Anthony Tighe, National Endowment for the Arts 

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

Contact the President's Committee on the Arts and 
the Humanities for copies of this publication: 

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Suite 526 
Washington, DC 20506 

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


Writers: Carol Dana, Traci Slater-Rigaud 

Editors: Jayson Hait, Traci Slater-Rigaud, Tidings Chan 

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Printing: Fannon 

Coming Up Taller Logo Design: Time Warner Inc. 

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 Up Taller. 


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 


President's Committee on 
the Arts and the Humanities 

Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of thi 
Coming Up Taller Awards! 

Shakespeare once said, "We know what we are bui 
know not what we may become." The achievements of 
the 2007 award winners show that there is no limit to 
what our children can become. 

After-school programs provide opportunities for 
young people to express their creativity and experience 
new and exciting adventures. From retracing the steps 
of pioneers journeying west and exploring the history 
of the Renaissance for a production of Macbeth, to 
creating new visions of neighborhood life through 
street photography, these extraordinary programs 
enrich, inspire, and kindle the imagination of children 
across the nation. 

For a decade, the Coming Up Taller Awards have 
recognized the nation's most exemplary after- school 
and out-of-school cultural programs. And behind 
every successful program are adult leaders who provide 
safe environments for youth to grow and learn. 

I've seen firsthand during my travels for the 
President's Helping America's Youth Initiative the 
important role caring adults play in the lives of children. 
My thanks and admiration go to the adult leaders of 
each Coming Up Taller program for your dedication to 
helping America's children realize their full potential. 

As Honorary Chair of the President's Committee on 
the Arts and the Humanities, I join the members of the 
Committee, the Institute of Museum and Library 
Services, the National Endowment for the Arts. 
and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 
celebrating this year's awardees and the decade of 
contributions Coming Up Taller programs have made 
he United States and countries around the world. 

AGE 2 

3t wishes. 

a note Trom 


President's Committee on 
the Arts and the Humanities 

This is the 10th anniversary of the Coming Up Taller 
Awards, given annually to exemplary arts and humanities 
programs for children outside the regular school day. 
When we gather for these awards, we are reminded of 
why they are so appropriately named. As we watch the 
children sing, play instruments, and dance, we witness 
for ourselves how, when they take their final bow, they 
are Coming Up Taller. 

It's encouraging to know that these programs are 
growing across the United States and in other countries, 
too. Children in the United States, Mexico, and China 
are all learning songs, dances, and how to play a guitar 
—or erhu. They learn their own traditions and those of 
other cultures, too. Our young performers remind us 
that it doesn't matter if they become professional artists or 
choose another road. Arts education is about creating 
whole human beings! 

BienvenidosXo our friends from Mexico who are joining us 
at the White House for the fifth year. Also, jfcj^ to 
our friends from the People's Republic of China whom 
we met in their own country last June. Performances at 
the Shanghai Children's Palace will remain one of our 
lasting memories. 

We are grateful to our partner cultural agencies— the 
Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National 
Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment 
for the Humanities— who have made it a priority to reach 
out to other parts of the world with their outstanding 
programs. We also thank all of our contributors, 
especially GMAC. Time Warner, and the members 
of the President's Committee, for giving of themselves 
and their resources to make this program possible. 






When the First Lady of our nation hands an award to a Coming Up 
Taller program, we all celebrate and validate the talent and hard work 
of the adults and young people in them and reaffirm the critical 
importance of the arts and humanities to how children live their 
lives and the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they carry forward 
into adulthood." 

ng Coordinator, Coming Up Taller 

'With Coming Up Taller programs, children look to the sky and see 
themselves in the universe. I think the energy and the mission of these 
programs reverberate all throughout the country and the world ensuring 
that we leave a balanced footprint that says — Nothing moves forward 
without creativity." 

d-winning dancer, choreographer, actress, director, producer, 
and PCAH member 

Being a part of the Book Group at Family Focus means a lot to me 
because reading expands my mind and helps me to write — gives 
and shows me different points of view. Reading takes me to a 
different world.' 

icipant. Book Group Programs at Family Focus, 2005 Coming Up 

A - Taller Award winner 

Anyone who has watched a student film, listened to a high school jazz 
band or seen the face of a teenager taking bows after performing in a 
play already knows what the arts can mean to a young person. The 
Coming Up Taller Awards shine a spotlight on some of the top youth arts 
programs from across the country. And in so doing, help us all see — 
and celebrate — the power of the arts to engage, energize, and encour- 
age our youth and enrich our communities." 

'The Coming Up Taller Awards show us what excellence looks like. 
By shining a bright light on the nation's best youth development arts 
programming, they illuminate what's possible and inspire us to do more 
than we ever thought we could." 

)r kids after scr 

'There are a lot of choices for kids after school today, and most of 
them have little to do with homework. By giving these students 
access to a world of literature and dance and art, these terrific 
programs give them another choice, opening up their minds 
and offering them a window into a good well-considered life." 

Over the past 10 years, the Coming Up Taller Awards have turned 
a spotlight on the power of the arts to transform young lives. By 
providing training in the arts, these programs are not only awakening 
creativity and innovation, but also helping thousands of young people 
to develop into complete human beings capable of leading successful 
and productive lives in a free society." 

The intellectual and emotional rewards of learning that come 
from reading and interpreting good books, from exploring one's 
history and place in the world, and from developing new ways 
of understanding oneself and one's larger community can and, 
certainly, should continue long after the school day or school year ends, 
in its 10-year history. Coming Up Taller has showcased models 
of excellence in out-of-school programs, thereby inspiring others 
to use innovative and creative ways to reach young people and 
to help them to attain such rewards." 

r the Humanities 

Coming Up Taller Awards have spotlighted and leveraged resources 
for programs that provide thousands of boys and girls with learning in 
the arts and humanities unavailable to them in any other way. 
The great impact of these awards and the programs they honor 
is reflected in sponsorship for an increasing number of them and the 
growing participation of other nations." 

its Agencies 

The organizations recognized by the Coming Up Taller Awards deliver 
hope wrapped in programs that help kids think, reason, understand, 
and engage through values of tolerance, compassion, hard work, 
and goal setting. We believe our nation's future — our leaders, artists, 
writers, musicians, educators, and entrepreneurs — depends on 
the investment these excellent programs make in the lives and 






1100 State Avenue 

Kansas City, KS 66102-4411 

Phone: 913-281-1133 

Fax: 913-281-1515 



"Metaphorically, this program blazes a new trail 

of opportunity for the blind and visually impaired. 

Similar to the pioneers who trekked across challenging 

domains, the young women and men who complete 

this adventure demonstrate to themselves and 

the world how being different is not a barrier 

to success, but a motivation for achievement." 

Arnie Abels, psychologist. University of Missouri at Kansas City, 
and member of the board of directors, Accessible Arts, Inc. 

Left: Josh Sisson repairs a wagon wheel at Shawnee 

Mission. Top: Trekkers climb Chimney Rock near 

Bayard, Nebraska. Below: The group follows Donner 

Party's aguatic path in Alcove Spring, Kansas. 

Every spring, a group of blind or visually impaired youth 
spends two weeks retracing the steps of pioneers who 
journeyed west. Through this program, called Discovery 
Trails, these teens and young adults are doing something 
pioneering themselves. They're confronting new situations 
and challenges and discovering personal strengths, 
courage, and abilities many did not know they possessed. 

The group travels in a "wagon train," comprising several 

minivans, along portions of the Oregon or Santa Fe trails. To 

focus the group's experience, the organizers choose an 

eventful year from the mid- 1 800s and explore what actually 

happened to pioneers who ventured west during that year. 

Participants read excerpts from pioneer journals and meet 

with local historians and authors for additional insights 

into an area's history and geography. Along the way, these 

contemporary "pioneers" experience some of the challenges that their 

predecessors faced, such as hiking canyons, fording rivers, and repairing 

broken wagon wheels. 

Accessible Arts, Inc., a Kansas City, Kansas, organization that promotes 
educational and arts activities for children with disabilities, sponsors 
Discovery Trails in partnership with the Kansas State School for the Blind. 
Several historians and artist -educators accompany the group, designing 
additional activities to engage the participants' imaginations and senses. 
Students might touch the names of pioneers carved into rock, plant flowers 
on a pioneer's grave, or sculpt miniature replicas of geological formations. 



The group camps for the night along a portion of the trail, and everyone 
shares in the camp chores. Campfires are times for storytelling and 
improvisational drama, with the modern-day trekkers taking on the roles 
of pioneer figures and interpreting their historical contributions. 

A professional videographer accompanies the group, recording the 
adventures and creating a video journal for participants to share with 
friends and family when they return. The organizers encourage the 
adventurers to give presentations about their trip to local school and civic 
groups. Such activities enable participants to share what they've learned, 
while challenging stereotypes about persons with disabilities. "Often, visually 
impaired teens are asked only about their blindness," points out Program 
Coordinator Eleanor Craig. "The trip gives them expertise in something 
else— the history and culture of pioneer times." 




AGES: 13-20 





515 Ann Street 
Wilmington, NC 28402 

Phone: 910-772-1501 

Fax: 910-772-1504 



"We've seen a huge turnaround for the students 

because here are people saying, 'What you have 

to say matters. What you want to paint matters/ 

And, instead of identifying themselves as bad kids, 

a lot of these kids are now saying, 'I'm an artist.'" 

Emily Colin, Associate Director, Dreams of Wilmington, Inc. 

Left: Brandon Mitchell and Matthew Kennedy 

paint a mural for a dialysis center. Top: Ebony 

DesChamps performs. Below: Adam Chandler's 

African dance at a spring showcase. 

The way one participant describes it, the DREAMS Center 
for Arts Education provides "an escape route to my creative 
side." That is an apt portrayal of a program that reaches out 
to underserved students in Wilmington, North Carolina. 
Two social workers with backgrounds in the arts created 
DREAMS a decade ago. Today, the program not only provides 
a safe haven at sites around the city, but also an avenue 
to a broader sense of self and possibility. 

This ambitious, multifaceted program offers free daytime, 
after-school, and summer classes in music, visual arts, 
literature, dance, and theater to more than 500 youth each 
week. Sessions take place at the organization's inner-city 
center, as well as at schools, recreation centers, public housing 
sites, and a county treatment facility for adjudicated youth. 


Through classes such as African dance, drumming, and mask making, 
students connect with their cultural and artistic heritage. Theater classes 
offer opportunities to explore such issues as social justice, while learning 
presentation and collaboration skills. Students in mural painting 
classes expand artistic skills as they deepen their connections with 
the community, designing murals for a broad range of locations, from 
an elementary school to a dialysis center. Young poets, meanwhile, 
experience the pride of seeing their poems displayed on city buses, 
thanks to a partnership with the city transportation department. 

Regardless of the medium, the program's goal is to use the arts to address 
the deeper psychological and social roots that underlie poverty, drug 
abuse, and crime. "Society has given up on a lot of these kids. They 
feel like they don't belong anywhere," explains Associate Director 
Emily Colin. "When they come here, they are viewed as young people 
who have something to offer. They feel a sense of connection, creation, 
imagination, validation. DREAMS is a place where they can receive 
^recognition by doing something meaningful and positive. They don't have 
to act out to get another individual to pay attention." 

REAMS participants spend an average of 300 hours immersed m the arts 
cadi year. As a result, they perform better in school, are more confident, and 
are less likely to engage in delinquent behaviors. In an endorsement of the 
program's effectiveness, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington has 

even established a scholarship program specifically for DREAMS graduates. 




AGES: 8-17 
ANNUAL BUDGET: $228,700 











511 Warburton Avenue 
Yonkers, NY 10701 

Phone: 914-963-4550 
Fax: 914-963-8558 


"We're given responsibility and have to be 

on task. The experiences and conversations 

you have with people are really helpful.' 

Junior Docent Program participant 

Left: Mariah Cameron describes the Philipse Manor Hall 
exhibition to her family. Top: Adolescent Access Art 
Club members display collages. Below: Caresse 
Cross-Beard and Nathalie Mejia lead a camp group. § 

To meet an urgent need for after- school activities for teens, 
the Hudson River Museum began working with the Yonkers 
Public School District to launch the Museum's Junior 
Docent Program in 1995. The program provides a worth- 
while after-school and weekend destination for nearly 
80 middle and high school students. It offers learning 
experiences that give these young people valuable new 
skills, improving both their personal and academic lives. 

To prepare for their docent roles, students undergo an 

ongoing intensive training process. One afternoon a week 

after school, they work with curators to learn about the 

Museum's exhibitions, which focus on the art, history, and 

ecological environment of the region. The junior docents 

also meet with teaching artists to explore the media and 

techniques used in the paintings. In addition, participants' 

training includes field trips to local cultural institutions and role -playing 

exercises that teach them how to interact with visitors and respond to 

challenging situations. 

Once trained, junior docents lead weekend tours and help run family- 
oriented, hands-on workshops linked to the exhibitions. In the summer, 
they work with the Museum's camp programs. Students who are 14 or older 
receive payment for their work. The Museum provides many participants 
with their first job experience. 

"This is a source of great pride and sense of accomplishment for them, as the 
students are able to share all that they've learned about the art in the galleries 
and the history and cultural movements behind it." notes Rebecca Kraus. 
manager of youth and family programs. "Even more, the students hone their 
social, personal, and professional skills, gaining the self-confidence, 
maturity, and poise required to lead visitors of all ages." 

One measure of the program's impact is its retention rate. Participants stay 
in the program an average of five years, spending more than 750 hours in 
arts, humanities, and science activities. The bonds thai form among the 
program's diverse participants help to break down stereotypes, foster 
increased tolerance, and create a positive peer group. Kraus points out. 

The responsibility, focus, and self confidence that the students gain from the 
program also benefit them m their academic lives. To dale, all participants 
who have stayed in the program through I heir sen iorvear have completed high 



school and gone on to col 



AGES: 13-18 

ANNUAL BUDGET: $102,900 




420 South Main Avenue 
Tucson, AZ 85701 

Phone: 520-882-7454 

'The first time I heard one of your 

fifth graders tell us the story of 

the El Tiradito shrine — struggling 

to get it just right — a warm glow 

came into my heart." 

James E. Turner, historian, Arizona Historical Society 


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Left: Jacob Mejias welcomes visitors to the 

Museum. Top: Gabriel Lujan creates a birdhouse 

from a gourd. Below: Victoria Villanueva plants 

marigolds for use in an upcoming exhibition. 

Visitors to La Pilita Museum in Tucson, Arizona, are often 
"surprised and charmed" when they see who will be leading 
their Museum tour, says Executive Director Carol 
Cribbet-Bell. That's because this Museum, which celebrates 
and preserves the history of Barrio Viejo, one of the city's 
oldest neighborhoods, has trained a cadre of elementary 
school children to lead site tours. 

The Docent Program evolved out of a partnership with the 
nearby Carrillo Elementary School to provide after- school 
enrichment and community service opportunities for its 
students, some of whom come from lower-income families. 
The Museum has adult staff and volunteers, but no adult 
docents, and relies on youngsters for this service. "We have 
the philosophy that if you give children real-life work and 
real -life opportunities, that makes a difference in their 
lives," Cribbet-Bell explains. "It translates into real learning. 

Plus, the colorful tales associated with the neighborhood mesmerize the 
young interpreters. They enjoy thrilling visitors with the lore surrounding 
El Tiradito. According to legend, a murder occurred at this historic site. El 
Tiradito has evolved into a shrine, where people believe that their wishes 
come true. The docents also eagerly recount stories of the Hohokam, 
Apache, and early pioneers associated with the area. These youngsters may 
recite the stories in their own way, "as long as they get the facts right," 
Cribbet-Bell adds. 




As part of their docent training, students visit the Museum four days 
a week after school and spend time learning about the exhibits and tbe 
area's history. To earn the right to wear the blue "master docent" vest and 
cap, the youth must demonstrate their ability to present site tours, play 
roles in the Museum's "Readers' Theater" presentations, tend the 
Museum's cactus garden, and even run the gift shop's cash register. 

Students are expected to log 50 to 100 service hours per year, during the 
three-year program. In the course of their work with the Museum, the 
youngsters develop greater self-confidence In addition, as the partici 
pants learn more about the area's history, they tend to form deeper cultural 
connections and express greater interest in their families' roots. As one 
parent said of her son's experience, "We have wonderful discussions about 
Tucson histon . Our whole family has learned so much!" 



AGES: 8-11 


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MENTORING project 


30 Union Street 
Pittsfield, MA 01201 

Phone: 413-499-5446 

Fax: 413-499-5447 



"The artistic mentor created an environment 

where we were all comfortable talking about 

things that were bothering us. We all realized 

that a lot of the issues we are facing 

individually, we were also facing together." 

A Playwright Mentoring Project participant 


AGE 14 

Left: A trio of Playwright Mentoring Project students 

stage a rehearsal. Top: Members of the Lee Latino 

PMP Group. Below: A teen participant brings his 

original play, based on personal experience, to life. 

Through Barrington Stage Company's groundbreaking 
Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP), the issues that trouble 
teens at home and school don't remain suppressed. Instead, 
during an intensive seven-month after-school program, 
the teens take difficult material from their personal lives 
and— with help from theater artists and mental health 
professionals— transform it into compelling dramas that 
express the truth of their lives. 

Located in one of the poorest areas of Massachusetts, the 

Pittsfield-based Barrington Stage Company initiated the 

project as part of its commitment to use the tools of theater 

to create measurable change in the lives of area youth. 

Schools, guidance counselors, and human services agencies 

refer students to the program, which operates in five sites in 

Berkshire County. Many of the participants are struggling 

with such issues as substance abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, and 

school failure. 


An artistic mentor, a playwright, and peer mentors compose a team that 
guides the youth through a series of exercises to develop improvisation, 
storytelling, and conflict -resolution skills. As trust develops, participants 
begin to share incidents from their lives. Then, the teens work with the 
staff to craft selected stories into 45 -minute plays that they perform for 
the community. A mental health counselor is available throughout the process 
to help participants deal with difficult issues that emerge during the sessions. 


PMP provides the students with key elements that are often missing in 
their day-to-day lives: focus, discipline, and positive relationships with 
authority figures. The plays that they create out of their experiences also 
give them an opportunity to reexamine their options and find new 
approaches. For example, one teen commented: "It wasn't until we did the 
pregnancy scene that I understood what a bad idea it would be to have 
a baby as a teenager." 

In addition, the public performances provide recognition and validation 
that are often missing in the teens' lives. "They always say. 'No one ever listens 
to me,'" remarks Nicole Meehan. director of development for the 
Barrington Stage Company. By helping the youth express themselves and 
experience the world differently. PMP can fuel their resolve to take on 
other challenges. 

Surveys have found that after completing the program, teens attend school 
more regularly; increase their involvement m extracurricular activities; 
and take extra precautions to avoid risky, self- damaging behavior. Man) 
who had planned to drop nut have gone on to complete high school, and 
some have even won scholarships to prestigious un 



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AGES: 14-18 


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BOYS choir 

200 South Third Street 
Richmond, VA 23219 

Phone: 804-788-6404 

Fax: 804-788-6413 



"The choir's program of musical, academic, and 

personal development is designed to help boys 

mature to men who are not only finely trained 

musicians, but also leaders and role models in 

our local and global communities." 

Billy Dye, Artistic Director, Richmond Boys Choir 


Left: Spring concert gospel soloist Joel Walters. 

Top: An ensemble performance. Below: Carl 

McClatchie shares the history of the holiday carol 

Silent Night at a public library concert. 

In Richmond, Virginia, the Richmond Boys Choir is helping 
youth avoid risky behavior by using music, performance 
opportunities, and academic support to open their eyes 
to a world of wider possibilities. 

Students must pass an audition to become a member of 
the choir. In twice-weekly rehearsals and an intensive 
weeklong summer camp, the choir members learn to read 
music and study rhythm, pitch, and harmony. Although 
many joined the choir without any formal music training, 
they soon master a broad repertoire that includes everything 
from classical pieces and spirituals to Broadway tunes. 

The high point for most of the participants is the opportunity 
to travel and perform with the award -winning choir, which 
presents up to 25 concerts each season in Richmond, as well 
as across Virginia and in nearby states. In addition to performing at 
church concerts and with symphonies and ballet companies, choir 
members have had the chance to appear with such celebrity artists as 
Al Jarreau, James Brown, The Temptations, and Wynton Marsalis. This 
year, they performed for Queen Elizabeth at the opening ceremonies of 
Jamestown's 400th anniversary. 


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Because choir members are serving as unofficial ambassadors for the city, 
they receive coaching in how to conduct themselves in a variety of settings. 
They've learned the protocol for greeting the Queen, proper table manners 
when dining at a formal banquet, and how to interact with diverse audiences 
at post-performance receptions. Furthermore, since choir members range 
in age from 7 to 17, the older choir members are asked to "adopt" younger 
members, giving them tips on music and deportment and even teaching 
them how to tie their ties. 

The choir also stresses academics, offering weekly study/homework sessions 
to help students keep up their grades. Members must maintain at leasl 
a C+ average to perform with the choir. 

Although only a portion of the choir members pursue music-related 
careers, they all learn skills that help them grow into well rounded. 
responsible adults. The choir teaches teamwork, endurance, and patience 
and provides experience in successfully tackling difficult tasks. 

"When we approach some of those more complicated works, they look at all 
of those pages and are overwhelmed at first." comments Artistic Director 
Billy Dye. "But then, when they get to the last measure. thc\ realize, 'Oh im 
goodness. I did that! " He adds. "I like to think we're preparing them for life." 



AGES: 7-17 

ANNUAL BUDGET: $169,000 

PAGE 17 




375 Centre Street 
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 

Phone: 617-524-8303 

Fax: 617-524-2747 



"The program staff seems to strike that difficult 

balance of loving support and rigorous expectations. 

The young participants are getting top-notch dance 

instruction, opportunities to perform across the city, 

the encouragement to take themselves seriously 

as leaders, and ongoing support in academic 

progress and overall development." 

H. Mark Smith, YouthReach Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council 






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Left: Performers at the Hyde Square Task Force 

Annual Meeting. Top: Shaking it up during the 

Ritmo Cultural Showcase, May 2007. 

Below: Dance students strike a pose. 


Dance might not be the first method many would think of to 
combat high crime, violence, and low student achievement 
in a tough inner-city neighborhood. But in Boston's 
Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood— considered one of 
the most dangerous in the city— an innovative Latin dance 
program is proving a positive draw for children and teens, 
one with benefits that go beyond simply keeping youth off 
the streets. 

The Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a youth development 

organization, established the Ritmo en Action ("Rhythm in 

Action") Youth Dance Initiative in 2001 . Under this program. 

two of Boston's top professional Latin dancers, Burju Hurturk 

and Victor Perez, provide rigorous weekly instruction in Latin 

and contemporary dances to teens on an ongoing basis, at no 

charge. These students perform publicly at a variety of 

events in the Boston area. They have also received invitations to dance 

at the West Coast International Salsa Congress in Los Angeles and to 

showcase their skills in Paris. 

The performances promote a positive image of urban youth, while boosting 
the dancers' self-confidence and social skills. "Dance is about teamwork," 
explains former Ritmo dancer Chrismaldi Vasquez. "If you're mad at your 
partner that day, you still have to find a way to get along with them. " Dancer 
Yaritza Pena has learned that mastering new skills is literally a step -by- 
step process that requires perseverance: "It takes a lot of patience to perfect 
every dance," she notes. 

Performance is only part of the package. After receiving intensive training 
in dance instruction, the Ritmo teens go on to teach salsa, merengue, and 
other dances to elementary and middle school children in neighborhood 
schools and housing developments. The teaching component enhances the 
older students' leadership skills, while helping to combat inactivity and 
obesity among the younger participants. The teen dance instructors 
receive a weekly stipend for their work and learn such job related skills as 
being punctual and turning in a time sheet. 

Additionally, the program challenges its students to stay in school and 
to excel. Ritmo teens must maintain a C average in order to perform. To 
help participants keep their grades up. HSTF provides evening tutoring 
sessions with staff and volunteers. The program also matches L 2th 
grade participants with mentors who guide them through the college 
selection and application processes. 








The high expectations and support have helped Ritmo teens beat the odds: 
Since the program began in 200 I . all participating seniors current l\ 
about I 5 a year— have gone on to college. 


AGES: 6-18 
I ANNUAL BUDGET: $225,500 






PO Box 3086 
Sitka, AK 99835 

Phone: 907-747-3085 



"When I first came, I was shy, persecuted, and stomped 
on all my life. Then I took improv, and it pushed me out 
of my shyness. It helped my self-esteem go back 

to where it should have been." 

Sitka Pine Arts Camp participant 




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Left: Sonic Boom class students in their final 

evening performance. Top: Finn Straley applies 

skills learned in clown theater class. 

Below: Sid Johnson strums his guitar. 

Students who live in the small, remote towns and villages of 
Alaska often have little access to arts education and limited 
exposure to working artists. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp fills this 
void. For the past 32 years, this multidisciplinary arts camp 
has been providing students from across Alaska— and across 
the country— with opportunities to explore and strengthen 
their artistic skills through intensive classes in the arts. 

Based at a boarding high school in Sitka and led by an 

impressive faculty, the camp offers a one -week session for 

local elementary school students and two-week sessions for 

middle and high school students. Participants can choose 

from more than 60 different classes in music, visual arts, 

dance, writing, theater, Alaskan Native art, and art technology. 

The courses include everything from Shakespeare to 

Athabascan beadwork, clowning, and hip-hop dance. 

Students take five 90 -minute classes each day and attend live performances by 

faculty in the evenings. The sessions culminate in exhibitions of students' 

projects, as well as performances, all of which are open to the public. 


Classes focus on the process as well as the product, and exercises foster 
group interaction, self-discipline, self-discovery, and creative risk-taking. 
"Camp gives me an opportunity to be more courageous, which stays with 
me when I go home," one camper remarked. 

With one faculty member for every six students, there is ample opportunity 
for personal interaction with the teaching staff. Past faculty members have 
included a feature-film composer, an Emmy-nominated film animator, 
jazz recording soloists, and esteemed Alaskan Native artists. 

During a session in 2004, for example, Alon Yavnai, a pianist with the 
renowned Paquito D'Rivera Jazz Quintet, tutored a self-taught 15-year-old 
keyboard player from an Alutiiq Eskimo village of fewer than 200 people. 
Although the teenager did not know how to read music, he had a flair for 
composing and had written a piece during the camp session. Yavnai invited 
the student to perform that new composition during his evening concert, 
before an audience of 300. 






AGES: 5-18 
ANNUAL BUDGET: $424,500 

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READS: swarm 


1207 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor 
Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Phone: 215-851-1723 
Fax: 215-851-1953 

"Art and literacy are intimately intertwined, using 

creativity as their base. Children create and interpret 

stories visually as they begin to read and write. 

Learning is improved through contact with the arts." 

Judy Ringold, Director of Public Education, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 

Left: Reagan Thomas proudly displays her handmade book. 

Top: Enthusiastic youngsters in the 

Community Women's Education Program. 

Below: Dior Wilkins smiles with her puppet. 

The ability to read can make a huge difference in a child's 
future. Research shows that children who read poorly by 
the end of the third grade are more likely to drop out of 
high school, abuse drugs, become pregnant in their teens, 
exhibit delinquent behavior, and lack meaningful employment. 
PHILADELPHIA READS, a nonprofit organization dedicated 
to improving children's reading skills, offers a special 
summer reading program, called SWARM (Science, 
Writing, Art, Reading, Music). The program incorporates 
activities in art, music, and science to help teach literacy 
skills to children in first through third grades. 

The organization integrates these disciplines into the 

curriculum to introduce children to science and the arts, 

while they are learning to read and write. As Adrienne 

Jacoby, executive director of PHILADELPHIA READS. 

explains, "Music and art reach a child's soul and make learning so much 

more interesting." 




The SWARM program operates at 20 recreational camps in areas of 
Philadelphia that would otherwise provide fewer summer enrichment 
opportunities. It specifically targets children during the summer months, 
when educational gains can falter and when many children lack supervision. 



The weekday literacy program typically runs about 20 hours a week, for six 
weeks. Each year, the curriculum focuses on a special theme, such as 
"Growing Peaceful Communities." Students read books and complete 
writing, music, art, and science activities relating to that theme. Artists 
from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and musicians 
from the Academy of Community Music (ACM) partner with PHILADELPHIA 
READS, preparing lesson plans and visiting the SWARM sites to offer 
hands-on art and music projects. In addition, the youngsters tour the 
PAFA museum and attend children's concerts at the Mann Music Center. 

SWARM participants also learn about civic responsibility and U.S. history 
through a partnership among PHILADELPHIA READS. PennCORD. and 
the National Constitution Center. In addition, an arrangement with the 
Free Library of Philadelphia enables the children to obtain library cards 
and visit library branches. Another organization. Reading Is Fundamental, 
allows every camper to choose two books to start their own home librarj . 




I AGES: 5-9 



357 Ninth Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Phone: 718-768-7100 ext. 139 

"Making my film made me realize that I was 

wasting my life. The Lab offered a place for me 

to be with intelligent peers with bright futures, 

something I've never had before." 

A graduate of The Lab 

BE MiNf^' 
EVEN iffoMit 

MlHO '5 FUt - 






Left: Film mentor Jeremiah Alexis gives Niaz 

Mosharraf advice for a shoot. Top: Niaz Mosharraf 

in The Lab's editing room. Below: Jasmine Britton 

reviews and edits scenes from her movie. 

What is it like to grow up with a mother who is a drug addict? 
How does a father's death affect a family? What challenges 
does a 16 -year- old face when she becomes pregnant and 
decides to have the baby? 

Many teens struggle with tough questions. However, 
through an intensive filmmaking program known as The 
Lab, students from Brooklyn, New York, are learning skills 
to turn the difficult raw material of their lives into 
riveting documentaries. 

The free, semester-long program teaches the basics 

of filmmaking to a dozen students who meet once a week 

and on weekends at a local YMCA. What sets the program 

apart is that each teen is paired with a professional 

documentary filmmaker who helps the student choose 

a topic, shoot it, and shape the footage into a compelling personal story. 

Students also learn how to organize and express their thoughts in words. 

In Rules of Engagement, for example, a Muslim teen tries to come to terms 
with his family's desire to select his future wife. In Journey to the Unknown, 
a Latina filmmaker follows two friends through their pregnancies, exploring 
their choices and changing levels of awareness. And, in A Girl 
Like Me, a young African-American filmmaker replicates a 1950s 
experiment, only to discover that African-American preschoolers still 
associate more positive attributes with white dolls than with black ones. 


The filmmaking process can be especially empowering for at-risk 
teenagers. "The burdens of their lives often become odd assets within the 
context of The Lab because we're looking for the kids to tell stories." 
explains Executive Director John C. Williams. Through the filmmaking 
process, the teens are able to explore and make sense of their issues, while 
discovering that their "creative energy can be a greater force than their 
problems," Williams adds. 

Group critiques help to strengthen participants' communication and 
critical-thinking skills. And, by teaching teens how to set goals, persevere, 
collaborate, and produce results. The Lab imparts essential skills that can 
help them through life. 

The teens' films reach a wide audience and have been broadcast on PBS. 
MSNBC. HBO Family, and Oprah. One film won a national student Enum . 
and others have gained recognition at film festivals. A growing number of 
the films are also being used in classrooms across the countn to stimu- 
late discussion on such important issues as race, identity, sell esteem, 
and personal choices. "It's a peer-to-peer message that kids really 
respond to. It's authentic, it's real, and it can't he faked." Williams asserts. 




AGES: 15-19 

ANNUAL BUDGET: $142,880 


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10536 Culver Boulevard, Suite B 
Culver City, CA 90232 

Phone: 310-558-3190 

Fax: 310-558-3191 



"While it is literally true that artists create 

art, it is equally true that art re-creates its 

artists. I cherish The Unusual Suspects as 

a company that truly realizes the theater's 

potential to transform lives by helping young 

people find their voices, talents, and dignity." 

David Henry Hwang, playwright 

Left: Friends, Family & SB6 narrator transforms 

into a cat and a spy. Top: A scene from These 

Shoes Are Made for Playing. Below: Burning 

Water, The lengths We'll Go rehearsal. 

Among the young people who are most at risk for a life of 
crime or drugs are those who have already spent time in the 
juvenile corrections system. Statistics suggest that once they 
are released, many will end up back in institutions. 

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, based in Culver 
City, California-, attempts to break this vicious cycle by 
intervening before young people are permanently lost to a 
life of incarceration. One of the few programs of its kind in 
the nation. The Unusual Suspects offers intensive theater 
workshops to youth in the juvenile corrections and foster 
care systems. 

"Our goal is to help youth set and achieve positive goals and 
show them that— against all odds— they can develop the 
tools to make positive choices for their futures." explains 
Executive Director Sally Fairman. 

During an intensive 12-week workshop. The Unusual Suspects brings 
together theater and film professionals— including some of Hollywood's 
top actors, writers, and directors— to develop participants' acting techniques 
and help them collaboratively write and produce an original play. These 
writing and acting sessions enable the young adults to improve their literacy 
and communication skills, fostering self-respect. 


Often based on the participants' experiences, the plays provide a vehicle to 
further examine and resolve issues. The collaborative nature of theater 
encourages the teens to work closely with their peers— often from rival 
neighborhoods or gangs— and learn how to resolve conflicts without 
resorting to violence. Interacting with adult mentors gives young people 
the chance to experience authority figures in a more positive light. 

The full-scale productions continue to shift perceptions. "I've never 
been to a performance where there hasn't been a standing ovation. And 
participants' transformation is palpable: You see the pride in the young 
people's faces. The kids are feeling accepted and are literally standing up 
taller," Fairman says. The audience sees the young people differently, as 
well— not as criminals or troubled youth, but as young people with skills 
and something important to say, she adds. 

In fact, spurred by a new sense of possibilities, some participants have 
gone on to achieve previously unimagined goals, such as finishing high 
school and attending college. As one participant wrote "You helped me 
believe in myself when I didn't, and I thank vou a lot for that." 



AGES: 9-25 

ANNUAL BUDGET: $250,000 

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246 Dolan Avenue 
Gulfport, MS 39507 

Phone: 228-897-6039 
Fax: 228-248-0071 

"Before I started doing theater, I was a very 

shy person. I talked very little and was not 

at all outgoing. Doing Lynn Meadows' WINGS 

program for two years has not only been 

fun, but it has also made me a better 

person! I am much more outgoing and can 

express myself in so many different ways." 

A WINGS participant 


Left: Nicolas Sumiel, Maura Worch, and Billie 

Sumiel in The Tempest. Top: Mimes Mallory Myers 

and Beth Cox. Below: Melissa Fowler with the Gulf 

Coast Symphony Orchestra, Beau Rivage Theatre. 

Theater programs typically teach acting, lighting, and 
costuming skills. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for 
Children, a nonprofit children's museum in Gulfport, 
Mississippi, views its performing arts program— called 
WINGS— more broadly. The Discovery Center uses WINGS 
as a vehicle for imparting life skills, like confidence and 
teamwork, that help participants "soar to new heights," 
explains Program Director Tonya Hays. "What we often say 
is that a child doesn't join WINGS to become a Broadway 
star, but to become a better person." 

WINGS offers Gulf Coast elementary through high school 

students the chance to participate in theater productions 

that are presented at community sites or area schools. 

Students work closely with adult staff and volunteers, who 

offer encouragement and an occasional push to step out 

of their comfort zones, taking on new and more challenging roles and 

assignments. Through WINGS, youth also learn to collaborate with peers 

from different walks of life and communities. 

Furthermore, the program promotes academic skills and learning in the 
humanities through assignments linked to the productions. Cast members 
of Macbeth researched Renaissance history and customs. Participants in 
Fiddler on the ^co/attended a service at a local synagogue and discussed 
Jewish life and culture with the rabbi and members of the congregation. 
The crew of Servant of Two Masters designed costumes and selected 
appropriate music for this 18th-century commedia dell'arte production. 

In addition to participating in productions, students can apply to become 
part of a core group of 80 middle and high school students. These teens 
meet in monthly workshops to explore theater topics in greater depth and 
discuss practical concerns, such as how to apply for a job or create a portfolio. 
To participate in the WINGS core group, students must agree to maintain 
their grades and take part in community service projects at animal 
shelters, soup kitchens, or senior centers. This latter requirement Further 
promotes teamwork and a sense of community. 

WINGS seeks out at-risk students, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 
many of the youth in the program fall into thai category. As evidence of 
WINGS' success, its productions have earned statewide recognition, and 
100 percent of graduating seniors have gone on to college. 






AGES: 6-18 

ANNUAL BUDGET: $100,000 




500 North Dearborn Street, Suite 825 
Chicago, IL 60610 

Phone: 312-661-1028 
Fax: 312-661-1018 

'Words@PI.AY teaches children to express 

themselves individually and collectively, 

and it gives them the vitally important 

assurance that their words are heard 

and that they matter." 

Stephen Young, Program Director, Poetry Foundation 

A . *°DAMCE<>mX' 

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West Oilman 

Left: A Words@PLAY participant introduces two 

poems. Top: Barrel of Monkeys performer with 

program participant. Below: Words@PLAY 

student during the creative process. 

Over the sun 
Tli rough the sky 
Into the clouds 
Soaring. I fly: 

The poem above, by Otis Pruitt, an elementary school student 
from Chicago's West Pullman Park neighborhood, neatly 
illustrates what the Chicago Humanities Festival seeks to 
accomplish with its Words@PLAY project: to tap children's 
creativity, strengthen their powers of self-expression, and 
expand their sense of possibility through poetry. 

Words@PLAY, a joint program between the Chicago Park 
District and the Chicago Humanities Festival, is a 10-week 
after-school program offered at cultural centers in 
underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Teachers and 
professional poets lead the weekly 90 -minute sessions that introduce 
elementary school children to great poets and different styles of poetry. With 
the help of engaging games and exercises, instructors also encourage the 
children to express their own thoughts and feelings through this art form. 

Poetry is a perfect vehicle for the program's 8- to 12-year-old participants. 
Because poems are vivid and succinct, students don't necessarily need 
a large vocabulary or a long attention span to enjoy reading, studying. 
or writing poetry. 

In addition, "as children listen to the poetry of their peers, they learn to 
better understand what others around them are feeling— their thoughts, 
viewpoints, challenges, concerns— and to celebrate both similarities and 
differences," points out Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins, director of education. 

Workshop participants have an extra incentive to throw themselves into 
their writing assignments. At the annual fall Children's Humanities 
Festival, a professional theater company called Barrel of Monkeys presents 
a lively, humorous performance that features some of the youngsters' 
original poetry. The students themselves also have the chance to be in the 
spotlight, reciting their poems on stage for family and friends, at a separate 
event held at a Chicago Park District cultural center. 

Children respond enthusiastically to the Words@PLAY experience. "It 
helps me express myself. It helps me see the creativity of others." one 
student commented. "We have fun. and we can let out our feelings," 
added another. 



AGES: 8-12 



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1300 Gendy Street 
Fort Worth, TX 76107 

Phone: 817-870-1141 
Fax: 817-336-7947 

"As I learned under the mentoring artists, 

I was transformed from a young person with 

drawing skills to a young artist with a dream 

to become a professional artist." 

Sedrick Huckaby, former Young Artists Apprenticeship Program participant 

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Left: Katelyn Branson and Jessica Oglesby rise and shine. 

Top: Performers Catherine Helm, Katy Sanford, and Lili Froehlich. 

Below: Artwork by Young Artists student R. Robledo. 

Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, Inc., an organization that 
provides students with arts experiences linked to classroom 
learning, has been honored with a Coming Up Taller Award for 
two separate initiatives: the Young Artists Apprenticeship 
Program (YAAP) and the Debbie Allen Dance Institute 
(DADI). Although the programs involve different disciplines, 
what they have in common is a reliance on master artists who 
teach, inspire, and serve as role models for participants. 

Launched in 1989, the Young Artists Apprenticeship 
Program is an intensive 25 -week course in the visual arts, 
facilitated by a team of leading professional artists from 
across Texas. This highly competitive program bases 
admission on a portfolio review and recommendations 
from art teachers. Participants benefit from more in-depth 
artistic experiences than are available in their public 
schools, many of which are in underserved areas. 

Each year, 30 to 40 high school students attend weekly sessions at the Fort 
Worth Community Arts Center, where they explore painting, sculpture, 
design, and drawing. The master artists work closely with these teens, 
strengthening students' technical skills and instilling confidence in their 
abilities, while providing them with a role model. Through group 
critiques, the youth also learn to express themselves tactfully and accept 
helpful criticism. 

Nearly 100 percent of YAAP participants graduate from high school, and 
many go on to college. Imagination Celebration Executive Director Ginger 
Head-Gearheart attributes much of the program's success to the deep 
bond formed between the students and the master artists, most of whom 
donate their time. "One thing that's so beautiful is this deep caring," she says. 

The Debbie Allen Dance Institute is an intensive workshop taught each 
summer by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Debbie Allen, along w ith 
a group of dancers from such prestigious companies as the Bolshoi Ballet 
and Alvin Ailey Dance Company. 

The workshop spans two and a half weeks, and enrollment is open to students 
ages 7 to 21 . from throughout Texas and other states, who demonstrate 
either a talent for dance or a strong desire to learn. A scholarship program 
that covers the tuition makes it possible for some students, who could not 
otherwise participate, to attend the workshop. 

DADI students study a full spectrum of styles, from classical ballet, to jazz, 
tap, flamenco, hip-hop. and African dance. According to Head Gearheart, 
the supportive and inspiring instruction, plus exposure to the range of 
dance forms, imparts a "freedom of spirit" to the participants' dancing. 
Many students also learn that they can perform movements the\ didn't 
realize were within their ability, she savs. Thev see that e\ en though their 
legs liuil and their whole bod\ is aching, the} ran rise up and shine." 








PARTICIPATING: YAAP, 30-40; DADI, 150-200 

AGES: YAAP, 15-18; DADI, 7-21 





1104 West 36th Street 
Baltimore, MD 21211 

Phone: 410-467-8710 

Fax: 410-243-3407 



"Through publication of photographs, inclusion 

in an exhibition, visits to local exhibits, and 

recognition as budding artists and photographers, 

Youthlight participants are being recognized for 

their talents, rather than as 'at-risk' kids." 

Marshall Clarke, Youthlight Director 

Left: Coray Cineferano positions a 4x5 view camera. 

Top: Janai Buck dries her B&W film after developing. 

Below: Mikaela Aguirre (top) and Savannah Sosa 

review negatives prior to printing their photos. 

"Dreams come true, if you follow though," reads the bill- 
board. It rises high above a low-income, inner-city neigh- 
borhood and features photos of children holding handmade 
signs listing such professions as pediatrician, cop, surgeon, 
and basketball player. Eye-catching and hip, the billboard 
looks as if a big- city advertising agency could have produced 
it. But, in fact, a group of Baltimore. Maryland, middle 
school students conceived, shot, and designed this message. 
The youth are part of the Youthlight Photography Project, an 
after- school photography and media literacy program. 

Marshall Clarke, a Baltimore-based freelance photographer, 
developed the program. Through the medium of photography, 
Youthlight helps young people gain confidence in expressing 
themselves and in trusting their instincts, skills that help 
them combat negative influences in their lives. 

Youthlight offers after- school sessions two days a week during the school 
year at centers in central and southwest Baltimore. There, the 30 partici- 
pants, drawn from nearby middle schools, learn to compose and shoot 
pictures with a 35mm camera and to develop and print the black-and- 
white images. 




Their photographs capture a wide variety of subjects, from graffiti -marked 
buildings, to tensions in a school hallway, to a blurred scene of children 
swinging. While some are playful and funny, others are poignant, and still 
others are disturbing. The images "document the complexities of their 
neighborhoods and their families and their longingto create and be some- 
thing better," accordingto Clarke. Community centers, local galleries, and 
universities have displayed the students' photographs. 








AGES: 11-15 

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Fundacibn Cultural Mexico-Estados Unidos de America, A.C. 
U.S.- Mexico Foundation for Culture, Inc. 


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In 2002, the President's Committee on the Arts 
and the Humanities joined with The U.S.— Mexico 
Foundation for Culture (also known as Cultural Contact), 
a nonprofit organization in Mexico City, to present 
Coming Up Taller Awards to two programs in Mexico 
dedicated to the nation's youth. Immediately, Cultural 
Contact was responsive to our goal: recognizing 
organizations that, through arts and humanities learning, 
provide children and youth with the opportunity to 
enhance their personal lives, communities, and futures. 
Consistent with the President's Committee's interest in 
promoting mutual international understanding through 
the arts and the humanities, we continue to honor 
exemplary youth programs from Mexico with Coming Up 
Taller Awards. We are grateful to Cultural Contact for 
identifying these leading programs and for supporting 
the Coming Up Taller Awards. 

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Hacienda San Francisco 
Dzindzantun, CP 97500 
Yucatan, MX 

Phone: (011-52-991) 915-5341 



"Our immediate objective is to provide children 
and teenagers with artistic activities to aid 
in their development as individuals, family 
members, and members of the community. 
However, over the long term, it is our hope that 
the experience will also instill in participants the 
confidence to seek out better opportunities in 
their lives and improve their futures. 

jneral Coordinator, Cultural Center San Francisco Tzacalha 

Left: Yizat il Kay Chorus member blows his trumpet. 

Top: A scene from music class. Below: Three 

choirs — Yobain, Dzilam de Bravo, and Dzilam 

Gonzalez — gather to sing. 

The economy of Mexico's Yucatan state has experienced 
many ups and downs over the years, corresponding to the 
level of demand for henequen, a fiber used to make twine 
and rope. Despite a recent modest recovery, this region, 
which includes a large Mayan population, still faces many 

Contributing to the area's stability and revitalization is the 
Cultural Center San Francisco Tzacalha, which occupies the 
Hacienda San Francisco. Within this complex of restored 
historic buildings, the area's children and teens are able to 
explore both artistic and vocational opportunities. The 
Cultural Center provides nearby and underserved communities 
with a space for creative arts activities, as well as training for 
jobs in pottery, carpentry, and other crafts. 

One of the Center's proudest achievements is the establishment of four 
choirs, which serve more than 100 children and teenagers in the towns of 
Dzindzantun, Yobain, Dzilam Gonzalez, and Dzilam de Bravo. Participants 
study vocalization, scales, body movement, and musical interpretation. For 
many, this is their introduction to any type of musical training. 



These students also learn a rich and diverse repertoire. Mayan and Spanish 
songs connect choir members with their own cultural heritage, while Latin. 
Italian, and French pieces expose them to other cultures and musical traditions. 

The choirs have performed in the state capital of Merida. as well as in local 
schools, churches, public plazas, and theaters. One high point for participants 
was the invitation to sing Carmina Burana, a cantata based on medieval 
poems, with Yucatan's symphonic orchestra. The students' multilingual 
training and their diverse performance experiences nurture self-confidence 
and a respect for their own heritage, as well as those of other countries. 







AGES: 7-16 





Andador Venustiano Carranza 4 
Centro Historico, CP 76000 
Santiago de Queretaro, MX 

Phone: (011-52-442) 212-0255, 224-0570, and 214-2259 

"We can say with certainty that the success of 

the program in Queretaro lies in the instructors, the 

huapanguero musicians of the region. In the words 

of musician and songwriter Guillermo Velazquez, 

these master musicians are 'reconstructing the link 

between tradition and destiny.'" 

Junipero Cabrera Berrones, Director, Historical Museum of the Sierra Gorda 

Left: A musician on her quinta huapanguera 

(large guitar). Top: A young jarana huasteca (small 

guitar) player. Below: Students come together 

to perform huapanguero music. 

One of the most distinctive cultural traditions of Mexico's 
Huasteca region is the lively, rhythmic music and dance 
style known as huapango, or son huasteco. Instrumentalists 
playing the violin, quinta huapanguera (a large guitar), and 
jarana huasteca (a smaller guitar) typically perform this 
music, accompanied by singers and dancers. Weddings, 
baptisms, feasts honoring patron saints, and other religious 
celebrations often include the huapango. It always makes 
for a special occasion, providing a joyful sense of connection 
to the community. 

In recent years, however, the region's cultural fabric had 
begun to unravel. More and more people were emigrating 
from this northeastern part of Mexico, and youngsters were 
no longer learning the traditional musical forms. 

To address this situation, in 2002, the Instituto Queretano de la Cultura 
y las Artes launched a program to build a bridge between generations. The 
13 master huapanguero musicians, from 1 1 towns in the region, teach 
young people how to play the instruments, sing the lyrics to the songs, and 
perform the dances. Nearly 100 children and young adults, ranging in age 
from 4 to 23, attend the workshops annually. 

During its five years of operation, the program has nurtured an important 
connection between the area's elders and youth, while revitalizing an 
appreciation of the Huasteca region's musical heritage. Some of the more 
inspired participants have gone on to form huapanguero trios of their own, 
make recordings, and perform throughout the country. 








AGES: 4-23 


iGf 41 

Top: A lively performance by members of the China Welfare 

Institute Children's Palace dance program. Below: Young 

participants gather in the park to paint. 

Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China 

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This year, the President's Committee on the Arts and 
the Humanities welcomes the inclusion of a youth arts 
learning program based in the Peoples Republic of 
China as a Coming Up Taller Award recipient. This 
award is consistent with the President's Committee's 
interest in seeking mutual international understanding 
through the arts and the humanities and follows up 
on the U.S. President's Committee's Delegation to 
the People's Republic of China in June 2007, which 
culminated in an Implementing Accord for Cultural 
Exchange 2007—2009 between our two countries. 

The goals of international understanding are shared by 
the Honorable Sun Jiazheng. Minister of Culture of the 
People's Republic of China, who wrote, in referring to 
Dr. Martin Luther King's dreams for equality 
and harmony. "All of us today share the same dream 
with him, and we firmly believe that art and culture, as 
the greatest vehicle for human emotions, can best 
express our dreams." The Ministry of Culture further 
shares the vision of nurturing the cultural lives of 
young people so that they may develop their talents 
and understanding, express their creativity, grow as 
individuals, and give back to their communities. We 
are grateful to the Ministry for identifying a leading 
arts program for children and youth and for supporting 
the Coming Up Taller Awards. 



No. 64 Yan An Road 
Shanghai, PRC 200040 

Phone: (011-86-216) 249-4116 
Fax: (011-86-216) 249-0661 

Founded in 1953 by Mme. Sooncj Ching Ling, the late 

Honorary Chairman of China, the China Welfare 

Institute Children's Palace in Shanghai was that 

country's first young people's after-school center. 




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Left: A young participant focuses on her piano 

performance. Top: Meeting the elderly at a local 

center. Below: Little Companions in their final 

pose, finish with a flourish. 

Based on Mme. Soong Ching Ling's educational philosophy 
that the arts and humanities nourish and inspire creativity 
in children and thus benefit their whole lives, the 
Children's Palace offers more than 100 after-school 
cultural programs in the metropolitan area of Shanghai, 
especially for those who would not regularly have these 
opportunities during the school day. These exemplary 
programs, for children and teens, include dance, choir, 
orchestra, traditional musical instruments, traditional 
Chinese calligraphy, painting, drama, computer studies, 
environmental protection, mechanical model-making, 
photography, and more. In a supportive and exploratory 
environment, program participants express themselves 
through individual and group art-making sessions and 
develop artistic and perceptual abilities, creative problem- 
solving techniques, and critical-thinking skills. 

A vital part of the Chinese government's nine-year compulsory education 
strategy, the Children's Palace provides students with easy access to 
affordable, high-quality art instruction and experiences. To date, nearly 
6,000 youth have benefited from these opportunities, including migrant 
students from less urbanized regions of the country, since the Palace 
was established. 

Among the numerous programs in the Children's Palace, the Little 
Companion Art Troupe is one of the best known. Its seven divisions offer 
instruction in dance, choir, drama, puppetry, keyboard instruments, 
orchestra, traditional Chinese musical instruments, calligraphy, and arts 
and crafts. Equally important, through the Little Companion Art Troupe's 
"Entering the Communities" project, the students reach out to the 
community through performances at hospitals, nurseries, and senior 
citizen care centers. In this way, the participants learn the importance of 
sharing their talents with others. 

Recognized as one of the most popularyouth-oriented art troupes nationwide, 
the Little Companion Art Troupe has performed in China at the 1999 
Fortune Forum, the Ninth APEC Summit in Shanghai, the Celebration Gala 
for the return of Hong Kong and Macao to China, and Shanghai's 
successful bid for EXPO 2010. Internationally, the Troupe members have 
toured in more than 20 countries and have won praise as "China's Little 
Ambassadors" from many diverse audiences. 


AGES: 6-16 


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After School Art Experiences 
and Summer Art Experience 

Holualoa Foundation 
for Arts and Culture 
Holualoa, HI 

Art a la Carte 

Federated Dorchester 
Neighborhood Houses 
Dorchester, MA 

Art and Media House 

Latin American Youth Center 
Washington, DC 


Ur£an Institute for Contemporary Arts 
.Srand Rapids, Ml 

Blunt Youth Radio Project 

WMPG/Greater Portland Community Radio 
University of Southern Maine 
Portland, ME 

Borinquen Dance Theatre, Inc. 

Rochester, NY 

Children's Visual Arts Classes 

Locust Street Neighborhood 
Art Classes, Inc. 
Buffalo, NY 

City Dance Theatre 

Cultural Arts Division of the City of Richmond 
Department of Parks, Recreation, and 
Community Facilities 
Richmond, VA 

Citywide Poets 

InsideOut Literary Arts Project 
Detroit, Ml 

Community MusicWorks 

Providence, Rl 

Crescendo Music Program 

Academy of Community Music 
Fort Washington, PA 

Free Street Theater 

Chicago, IL 

Girlstories Theatre and Workshops 

Powerstories Theatre, Inc. 
Tampa, FL 

Hamilton Wings' SCORE 

Hamilton Wings, Inc. 
Elgin, IL 

Intensive Community Program 

Greater Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. 
Boston, MA 

Juxtaposition Arts, Inc. 

Minneapolis, MN 

Learning Early Network 

Bradford County Regional Arts Council 
Towanda, PA 

Life Arts 

Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc. 
Paramus, NJ 

Mariachi Music Instruction Program 

Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society 
South El Monte, CA 

MoCo Arts Youth Programs 

The Moving Company Dance Center 
Keene, NH 

Music Education and Performance 

Oakland Youth Chorus 
Oakland, CA 

No Limits Theatre Group, Inc. 

Culver City, CA 

Project Arts in Motion (AIM) 

Creative Kids 
El Paso, TX 

Project Jericho 

Clark State Community College 
Springfield, OH 


SouthEast Effective Development 


Seattle, WA 

Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute 

Sphinx Organization, Inc. 
Detroit, Ml 

Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of 
Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. 

Atlanta, GA 

St. Louis Artworks 

St. Louis, MO 

Summer Arts for Youth 

Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc. 
Indianapolis, IN 

Teen and Multicultural Programs 

Omaha Theater Company 
Omaha, NE 

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts 

Washington, DC 

Tiered Mentorship Program 

Everett Dance Theatre 
Providence, Rl 

Urban Voices 

Global Action Project, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Word Journeys 

Pima County Public Library 
Tucson, AZ 

Young Shakespeare Workshop 

Seattle, WA 

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Frannie Ashburn 


North Carolina Center for the Book 

Raleigh, NC 

Lynn D. Dierking 

Professor in Free-Choice Learning 
Oregon State University 
Corvallis, OR 

Janet Eilber 

Director, Arts Education 
Dana Foundation 
New York, NY 

Debra Eileen Evans 

Music Education Consultant 
New York, NY 

Jennifer Jeffries Thompson 

Historical Projects Consultant 
Montana Historical Society 
Helena, MT 

Anana Kambon 

National Director 
ACT-SO Program 
Baltimore, MD 

Celeste Miller 

Celeste Miller & Company 
Atlanta, GA 

Cary D. Wintz 

Professor, History Department 
Texas Southern University 
Houston, TX 


Sherilyn Brown 

Director, Education 

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 

Providence, Rl 

Faye Flanagan 

Project Director 

Prime Time Reading Time 

New Orleans, LA 

Ron Gallman 

Director of Education Programs/ 
Youth Orchestra 
San Francisco Symphony 
San Francisco, CA 

Paula Phillips 


Master of Community Arts Program 
Maryland Institute College of Art 
Baltimore, MD 

Reshma Razvi 

Program Manager 

California Humanities Council 

San Francisco, CA 

Alexandra Rogers Pittman 

Associate Director of Development 
Raw Art Works 
Lynn, MA 

Robert L. Hall 

Associate Head of Education and 
Visual Arts Specialist 
Anacostia Museum and Center for 
African American History and Culture 
Smithsonian Institution 
Washington, DC 

Andrew P. Jackson 

Executive Director 

Langston Hughes Community Library 

and Cultural Center 

Queens Library 

Corona, NY 

Darryl Roland 

Artistic Director 

Cathedral Choir School of Delaware 

Wilmington, DE 

Martin J. Skomal 

Director of Programs 
Nebraska Arts Council 
Omaha, NE 

Deborah Steinkopf 

Associate Director 
Literature for All of Us 
Evanston, IL 

Sandra Jackson-Dumont 

Kayla Skinner Deputy Director of 
Education and Public Programs 
Seattle Art Museum 
Seattle, WA 

Mary Liniger 

Arts in Education Coordinator 
DC Commission on the Arts & 
Washington, DC 

Allison Marshall 

Director of Arts Learning 
Arizona Commission on the Arts 
Phoenix, AZ 

Varissa L. McMickens 

Executive Director 

DC Arts and Humanities Education 


Washington, DC 

Barbara Meyerson 

Museum Consultant 

B. Meyerson Consulting, LLC 

Phoenix, AZ 

Robin Middleman 

Arts Education Coordinator 

New Jersey State Council on the Arts 

Trenton, NJ 

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Access to Theatre 

Partners™ for Youth with Disabilities 
Boston, MA 

ACES — Achievement Through Community 
Service, Education, and Skill Building 

Please Touch Museum 
Philadelphia, PA 

Company of Girls, Inc. 

Portland, ME 

After-School and Summertime Blues Camp 

Alabama Blues Project 
Tuscaloosa, AL 


Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey 
Kansas City, MO 

Albany Park Theater Project 

Chicago, IL 

Angkor Dance Troupe 

Lowell, MA 

Appalachian Media Institute 

Whitesburg, KY 

Aquarium on Wheels (AOW) 

National Aquarium in Baltimore, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Art at the Heart and Intervention Hope 

Southwest Arkansas Arts Council 
Hope, AR 

Artists for Humanity 

South Boston, MA 

Artists-in-Training, Education Department 

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 
St. Louis, MO 

Arts and Cultural Preservation Program 
and Youth/Elder Initiative 

Tohono O'odham Community Action 
Sells, AZ 

Arts and Literacy Program 

Coalition for Hispanic Family Services 
Brooklyn, NY 

Arts Apprenticeship Training Program 

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild 
Pittsburgh, PA 


LACER Afterschool Programs: Literacy, 
Arts, Culture, Education, and 
Hollywood, CA 


Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 
Denver, CO 

Baltimore Urban Debate League, Inc. 

Baltimore, MD 

Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute 
Birmingham, AL 

Book Group Programs at Family Focus 

Literature for All of Us 
Evanston, IL 

Boys' Choir of Tallahassee 

Florida State University School of 
Social Work 
Tallahassee, FL 

Castle Performing Arts Learning Center 

Department of Education: J.B. Castle 
High School 
Kaneohe, HI 

Cathedral Choir School of Delaware 

Cathedral Community Services, Inc. 
Wilmington, DE 

Chicago Children's Choir 

Chicago, IL 

Children's Cultural Center La Vecindad 

Cuernavaca, Morelos, MX 

Community Arts Partnership (CAP) 

California Institute of the Arts 
Valencia, CA 

Community Music School, Inc. 

Raleigh, NC 

Corcoran ArtReach 

Corcoran College of Art and Design 
Washington, DC 

Coros MECED-Chimalli 
Instituto Tamaulipeco para 
la Cultura y las Artes 
Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, MX 

Arts-in-Education Program in Architecture 
and Design/Community Studies 

Henry Street Settlement 
New York, NY 

Creative Solutions Summer Program 

Big Thought (formerly Young 
Audiences of North Texas) 
Dallas, TX 

Arts Street 

City and County of Denver 
Denver, CO 

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Cultural Alternatives Division 

The Music and Arts Center for 
Humanity (MACH) 
Bridgeport, CT 


Cultural Center San Francisco Tzacalha 

Yucatan, MX 

Dance — The Next Generation 

Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Inc. 
Sarasota, FL 

DC WritersCorps 

Washington, DC 

DC Youth Orchestra Program 

Washington, DC 

Desarrollo Creativo 

Vientos Culturales 

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, MX 

Development Program of Huapanguero 
Children and Youth of Queretaro 

Instituto Queretano de la Cultura 

y las Artes 

Santiago de Queretaro, MX 

Discovery Trails Program 

Accessible Arts, Inc. 
Kansas City, KS 

Documentary Workshop 

Educational Video Center, Inc. 
New York, NY 

DREAMS Center for Arts Education 

Dreams of Wilmington, Inc. 
Wilmington, NC 

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts 

Richmond, CA 

El Puente Arts and Cultural Center 

El Puente 
Brooklyn, NY 

Fabrica de Artes y Oficios de Oriente 

Iztapala, DF, MX 

Gallery 37 

After School Matters 
Chicago, IL 

Gallup Performing Arts Academy 

Gallup Area Arts Council 
Gallup, NM 

Great Basin Young Chautauquans 

Nevada Humanities Committee 
Reno, NV 

Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra 

New Orleans, LA 

Hard Cover 

Community Television Network (CTVN) 
Chicago, IL 

Hilltop Artists in Residence 

Tacoma, WA 

ICP at The Point 

International Center of Photography 


New York, NY 

Inner-City Arts After School Program 

Inner-City Arts 
Los Angeles, CA 

James E. Biggs Early Childhood 
Education Center 

Covington, KY 

JAMS (Jobs in the Arts Make Sense) 

Van Go Mobile Arts, Inc. 
Lawrence, KS 

Junior Docent Program 

Hudson River Museum 
Yonkers, NY 

Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts 
Enrichment Program 

Settlement Music School 
Philadelphia, PA 

La Chacara Children's Cultural Center 

Instituto de Cultura de Campeche 
Campeche, Campeche, MX 

La Pilita Youth Docent Program 

La Pilita Association 
Tucson, AZ 

Latino Outreach Program 

Philadelphia Museum of Art 
Philadelphia, PA 

Learning through the Arts 

The Village of Arts and Humanities 
Philadelphia, PA 

"Life Lines" Community Arts Project 

SCO Family Services 
Brooklyn, NY 

Little Companion Art Troupe 

China Welfare Institute 
Children's Palace (CWICP) 
Shanghai, PRC 

Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center 

San Pablo, CA 

Margarita Septien Ludic Center 

Colima, MX 


Chicago, IL 

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 

Port Gibson, MS 

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit 

Detroit, Ml 

Moving in the Spirit 

IndepenDANCE, Inc. 
Atlanta, GA 

Mural Arts Program 

Philadelphia Department of Recreation 
Philadelphia, PA 

Museum Ambassador Program 

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 
San Francisco, CA 

Museum Team Afterschool Program 

Brooklyn Children's Museum, Inc. 
Brooklyn, NY 

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Nez Perce Culture Camp 

Nez Perce Tribe 
Lapwai, ID 

NORO/NOBA Center for Dance 

New Orleans Ballet Association 
New Orleans, LA 

Old Stories, New Voices 

Intercultural Youth Program 
Colorado Historical Society 
Denver, CO 

Richmond Boys Choir 

Richmond, VA 

Ritmo en Accion Youth Dance Initiative 

Hyde Square Task Force 
Jamaica Plain, MA 

Saint Joseph Ballet Company 

Santa Ana, CA 

SAY SI, San Antonio Youth YES! 

San Antonio, TX 

Orphan Girl Theatre 

Butte Center for the Performing Arts 
Butte, MT 

PAH! Deaf Youth Theatre 

Wheelock Family Theatre 
Boston, MA 

Peer Education Program 

Illusion Theater 
Minneapolis, MN 

Shakespeare in the Courts 

Shakespeare & Company 
Lenox, MA 


Shakespeare Theatre Company 
Washington, DC 

Sitka Fine Arts Camp 

Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc. 
Sitka, AK 

Pillsbury House Theatre's 
Chicago Avenue Project 

Pillsbury United Communities 
Minneapolis, MN 

Playwright Mentoring Project 

Barrington Stage Company, Inc. 
Pittsfield, MA 

Pre-Professional Dance Program 

COCA— Center of Creative Arts 
St. Louis, MO 

Preschool Outreach Plus 

Rapides Parish Library 
Alexandria, LA 

Prime Time Family Reading Time 

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 
New Orleans, LA 

Programa de Atencion a 

Grupos Vulnerables 

Instituto Quintanarroense de la Cultura 

Chetumal, Quintana Roo, MX 

Snow City Arts Foundation 

Chicago, IL 

Starfish Academy 

YMCA of Greater Charlotte 
Charlotte, NC 

Statewide Advanced Training Program 

National Dance Institute of New Mexico 
Santa Fe, NM 

Street-Level Youth Media 

Chicago, IL 

STudents At Risk-STAR 

Trollwood Performing Arts School 
Fargo, ND 


Communities In Schools of New Jersey 
Newark, NJ 

Summer Reads: SWARM 

Philadelphia, PA 

Project Image, Teen Images, 
and The Place Where I Live 

Boston Photo Collaborative 
Hyde Park, MA 

SWAT and Celebration Teams 
and Summer Institute 

National Dance Institute, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Project YIELD 

Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) 
Oakland, CA 

Radio Arte WRTE 90.5 FM 

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum 
Chicago, IL 

Radio Rookies 

WNYC Radio, Inc. 
New York, NY 

RAW Chiefs 

RAW Art Works, 
Lynn, MA 


Regent After School Program 

Whitney Museum of American Art 
New York, NY 

Talleres Comunitarios en las 8 
Regiones de Nuestro Estado 

Taller de Artes Plasticas Rufino 
Tamayo Instituto Oaxaquefio de las 
Oaxaca, MX 

Talleres Culturales en Zonas Marginadas 

Centro Municipal de Artes 
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, MX 

Teatro de la Rosa (1440 Experience) 

Latin Arts Association of Fort Worth 
Fort Worth, TX 

Teen Arts Council 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Boston, MA 

Teen Media Program 

The Community Art Center, Inc. 
Cambridge, MA 

The 52nd Street Project 

New York, NY 

The Art and Children Project 

Nogales, MX 

The ArtsLiteracy Project 

Brown University 
Providence, Rl 

The Experimental Gallery 

The Children's Museum, Seattle 
Seattle, WA 

The Lab 

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, Inc. 
Brooklyn, NY 


Chicago Humanities Festival 
& Chicago Park District 
Chicago, IL 

Write to Read: Youth Literacy 
at Juvenile Hall 

Alameda County Library 
Fremont, CA 

Young Artists Apprenticeship Program 
and Debbie Allen Dance Institute 

Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, Inc. 
Fort Worth, TX 

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 & Theatre Company 
Malvern, PA 

The Saturday Outreach Program 

The Cooper Union for the 
Advancement of Science and Art 
New York, NY 

The School Project 

Inside Out Community Arts, Inc. 
Venice, CA 

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company 

Culver City, CA 

Young Musicians Program 

University of California (Regents) 
Berkeley, CA 

Young Strings 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra 
Dallas, TX 

Youth Communication 

New York, NY 

Youth Guide Development Program 

Multicultural Youth Tour of What's Now 


Boston, MA 

Tlingit Language and Culture Program 

Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. 
Haines, AK 


Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Upward Bound and Talent Search 

Double Discovery Center 
at Columbia University 
New York, NY 

Youth in Focus 

Seattle, WA 

Youthlight Photography Project 

Hampden Family Center, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Youth Noise Network 

Center for Documentary Studies 
Durham, NC 

Urban Dance Collective 

Cleveland School of the Arts 
Cleveland, OH 

Urban smARTS 

Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs 

San Antonio, TX 

Vermont Council on the Humanities 

Montpelier, VT 

Will Power to Youth 

Shakespeare Festival/LA 
Los Angeles, CA 

Windham and New London 
ConnCAP Programs 

Eastern Connecticut State University 
Willimantic, CT 

WINGS Performing Arts 

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center 
for Children 
Gulfport, MS 

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This retrospective list includes all 
organizations that were semifinalists 
over the past 10 years of Coming Up 
Taller with the exception of those that 
went on to receive an award. 

21st Century Scholars After-School 
Learning Centers 

Fitchburg Public Schools 
Fitchburg, MA 

After School Art Experiences and 
Summer Art Experience 

Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture 
Holualoa, HI 

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 After School 

Mulvane Art Museum 
Topeka, KS 

Art a la Carte 

Federated Dorchester 
Neighborhood Houses 
Dorchester, MA 

Art and Leadership Program for Girls 

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum 
Santa Fe, NM 

Art and Media House 

Latin American Youth Center 
Washington, DC 


Fulton County Arts Council 
Atlanta, GA 

Art Education Program — Cultural 
Awareness and Youth Artist Programs 

Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. 
Philadelphia, PA 


Indianapolis Art Center 
Indianapolis, IN 

Arts Academy Teen Arts 

South Boston Neighborhood House 
Boston, MA 

Lane Arts Council 
Eugene, OR 

Arts in Common 

Fitton Center for Creative Arts 

Hamilton, OH 

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Point Breeze Performing Arts Center 
Philadelphia, PA 

Arts Outreach: Mentoring Through 
Photography/Mixed Media and Dance 

Stonehill College, Inc. 
Easton, MA 

ArtsReach Louisville 

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

Arts & Smarts 

Patchwork Central, Inc. 
Evansville, IN 

Art Team 

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Minneapolis, MN 


Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts 
Grand Rapids, Ml 


Huntington Museum of Art, Inc. 
Huntington, WV 

ArtWORKS! for Youth 

Tucson-Pima Arts Council 
Tucson, AZ 

Bard Course in the Humanities 

The Door 
New York, NY 

BAVC Youth Programs 

Bay Area Video Coalition 
San Francisco, CA 

Berklee City Music 

Berklee College of Music 
Boston, MA 

Blunt Youth Radio Project 

WMPG/Greater Portland Community Radio 
University of Southern Maine 
Portland, ME 

Borinquen Dance Theatre, Inc. 

Rochester, NY 

Braille Institute 

Johnny Mercer Children's Choir 

Braille Institute of America 
Los Angeles, CA 

Breakin' Curfew 

The Neutral Zone 
Ann Arbor, Ml 

CAT Youth Theatre 

Creative Arts Team/New York University 
New York, NY 

Center for Creative Youth 

Capitol Region Educational Council 
Middletown, CT 

Children of the Future 

Greater Columbus Arts Counci 
Columbus, OH 

Children's Visual Arts Classes 

Locust Street Neighborhood Art 
Classes, Inc. 
Buffalo, NY 

Christina Cultural Arts Center, Inc. 

Wilmington, DE 

City at Peace, Inc. 

Washington, DC 

City Center Art 

Space One Eleven 
Birmingham, AL 

City Dance Theatre 

Cultural Arts Division 
of the City of Richmond 
Department of Parks, Recreation, 
and Community Facilities 
Richmond, VA 

Citywide Poets 

InsideOut Literary Arts Project 
Detroit, Ml 

Community-Based Arts Programming 

Baltimore Clayworks, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Community Connection 

Indianapolis Museum of Art 
Indianapolis, IN 

Community Folklife Program and Positive 
Youth Troupe 

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center 
Bronx, NY 

Community Music Center 

San Diego, CA 

Community MusicWorks 
Providence, Rl 

Community Youth Mural Program 

City of Santa Fe Arts Commission 
Santa Fe, NM 

Court Youth Center 

Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation 
Las Cruces, NM 

Coyote Junior High 

Seattle, WA 


The Asian American Writers' 
Workshop, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Creative Communities 

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra 
Providence, Rl 

Crescendo Music Program 

Academy of Community Music 
Fort Washington, PA 

Dance Program: Miss Monica's 
School of Dance 

A Place Called Home 
Los Angeles, CA 


Dare to Dance 

Ballet East Dance Theatre 
Austin, TX 

Deaf Access 

Imagination Stage, Inc. 
Bethesda, MD 

Discover Theater Summer Camps 

Junior Players Guild 
Dallas, TX 


Redmoon Theater 
Chicago, IL 

DreamYard After School Arts Company 

DreamYard Drama Project, Inc. 
New York, NY 

East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band 

Washington, DC 

Enriched Instrumental Instruction 
for Hmong Children 

Lawrence Arts Academy 
Appleton, Wl 

Expressive Arts 

Tanager Place 
Cedar Rapids, IA 

Express Yourself, Inc. 

Peabody, MA 

Family History Art Book Project 

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 
Atlanta, GA 

Film and Television Technology 
Center for Youth 

Hollywood Entertainment Museum 
Los Angeles, CA 

Financial Aid Program/Music 
in the Community Initiative 

Concord Community Music School 
Concord, NH 

Find Your Voice Literacy-Through-Theatre 
Program for Teens 

Starfish Theatreworks, Inc. 
New York, NY 

FMA Teen Docent Program 

The Fuller Museum of Art 
Brockton, MA 

Folklorico Mexicano 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 
Aspen, CO 

Free Street Theater 

Chicago, IL 

Future Stars/SMART Moves 
Players Programs 

The Boys and Girls Club of Easton 
Easton, PA 

Girlstories Theatre and Workshops 

Powerstones Theatre, Inc. 
Tampa, FL 

Global Artways 

Salt Lake City Corporation 
Salt Lake City, UT 

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Greater Newark Youth Orchestra 

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 

Newark, NJ 

Growing Stages: Theatre by and for Youth 

Shenan Arts, Inc. 
Staunton, VA 

Hamilton Wings' SCORE 

Hamilton Wings, Inc. 
Elgin, IL 


ZUMIX, Inc. 
East Boston, MA 

rbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts 

Boys and Girls Harbor, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Identity Bridge 

Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Inc. 

Fort Wayne, IN 

Inner City Neighborhood Art House 

Erie, PA 

Intensive Community Program 

Greater Boston Symphony Orchestra, Inc. 
Boston, MA 

Investigating Where We Live 

National Building Museum 
Washington, DC 

I Sing the Body Electric 

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation 
Mattoon, IL 

John C. Cudahy Branch YMCA 
Visual Arts Program 

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee 
Milwaukee, Wl 

Mariachi Music Instruction Program 

Hernandez Mariachi Heritage Society 
South El Monte, CA 

Matrix Theatre Company: Young 
Playwrights Initiative 

Matrix Theatre Company 
Detroit, Ml 

Mayor's Youth Employment in the Arts 

Kenosha, Wl 

Media Works Project 

Art Start, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Midnight Shakespeare 

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival 
San Francisco, CA 

MoCo Arts Youth Programs 

The Moving Company Dance Center 
Keene, NH 

MOTHEREAD, Inc. and State 

Raleigh, NC 

Multicultural Education and Counseling 
through the Arts 

Houston, TX 

Music Advancement Program (M.A.P.) 

The Juilliard School 
New York, NY 

Music Education and Performance 

Oakland Youth Chorus 
Oakland, CA 

Neighborhood Studios 

Greater Hartford Arts Council, Inc. 
Hartford, CT 

Juxtaposition Arts, Inc. 

Minneapolis, MN 

Kids First™ Art Education 

Silicon Valley Children's Fund 
San Jose, CA 

Neighbors' Starpoint 

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis 
Indianapolis, IN 

Newark Community School of the Arts 

Newark, NJ 

Lake Street Theater Club 

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and 
Mask Theater 
Minneapolis, MN 

Learning Early Network 

Bradford County Regional Arts Council 
Towanda, PA 

Levine School of Music 

Southeast Site 
Washington, DC 

Life Arts 

Children's Aid and Family Services, Inc. 
Paramus, NJ 

Living Stage Theatre Company 

Arena Stage 
Washington, DC 

Make A Joyful Sound 

Music Institute of Chicago 
Winnetka, IL 

New Urban Arts 

Providence, Rl 

No Limits Theatre Group, Inc. 

Culver City, CA 

Our Piece of the Pie" (OPP*) 

Southend Community Services 
Hartford, CT 

Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre for Youth 
Phil I is Wheatley Association 
Greenville, SC 

Positive Directions Through Dance 

Dance Institute of Washington, Inc. 
Washington, DC 

Professional Television Youth Media 
Productions: Pro-TV 

Downtown Community Television 
Center, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Progressive Afterschool Art Community 
Education (PACE) Program 

Norton Museum of Art 
West Palm Beach, FL 

Project ABLE 

Mill Street Loft, Inc. 
Poughkeepsie, NY 

Project Arts in Motion (AIM) 

Creative Kids 
El Paso, TX 

Project Jericho 

Clark State Community College 
Springfield, OH 

Project Shine After School Program 

Tucson Unified School District 
Tucson, AZ 

Project STEP, Inc. 

Boston, MA 

Purple Bamboo Children's Traditional 
Chinese Instrument Orchestra 

Purple Silk Music Education 


San Francisco, CA 

Recasting the Circle: Encountering 
the Dimensions of Community 

Center Stage Associates, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD 

Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute 

Sphinx Organization, Inc. 
Detroit, Ml 

Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia of 
Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. 

Atlanta, GA 

St. Louis Artworks 

St. Louis, MO 

Strive Media Institute, Inc. 

Milwaukee, Wl 

Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) 

Cleveland Public Theatre 
Cleveland, OH 

Summer Arts and Leadership Camp 

Women's Opportunity 

and Resource Development 

Missoula, MT 

Summer Arts for Youth 

Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc. 
Indianapolis, IN 

Summer Writing Camp 

National Book Foundation, Inc. 
New York, NY 

Sunburst Youth Theatre 

The Public Theatre of Kentucky, Inc. 
Bowling Green, KY 

Red Ladder Theatre Company 

San Jose Repertory Theatre 
San Jose, CA 

Synthesis Arts Workshop 

United Action for Youth 
Iowa City, I A 

Roosevelt Dancers 

Indochinese Cultural and Service Center 
Tacoma, WA 

TADA! Resident Youth Ensemble 

TADA! Theater and Dance Alliance, Inc. 
New York, NY 

San Anto Cultural Arts, Inc. 

Take Center Stage 

San Antonio, TX 

Huntington Theatre Company, Inc. 
Boston, MA JFj 

Sankofa African Dance and Drum Company 

Inner City Cultural League, Inc. 

Techteens Internship Program 

Dover, DE 

Children's Museum of Manhattan 
New York, NY 

Santa Fe Teen Arts Center 

Warehouse 21 

Teen and Multicultural Programs 

Santa Fe, NM 

Omaha Theater Company 
Omaha, NE 


SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) 

Teen Apprentice Program (TAP) 

Seattle, WA 

Worcester Center for Crafts 
Worcester, MA 


Short Stop Youth Center 

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Directions for Youth & Families 

Teen Art Coalition 


Columbus, OH 

Artworks! Partners for the Arts and 
Community, Inc. 


Sitka Native Education Program 

New Bedford, MA 


Sitka Tribe of Alaska 

Sitka, AK 

The After-School Music Program 

Mountain Top Music Center 


North Conway, NH JP 

Center for Development and Learning 

Covington, LA 

The ARTiculate Employment Training Program 

Washington Very Special Arts 

SMARTS— Students Motivated by the Arts 

Washington, DC 

Youngstown State University 

Youngstown, OH 

The Artists Collective, Inc. 

Hartford, CT 

Songs of Hope Youth Leadership 

Development Program 

The CityKids Repertory Company 

Sounds of Hope, Ltd. 

The CityKids Foundation, Inc. 

St. Paul, MN 

New York. NY 

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lie Book Project 

Teachers College, Columbia University 
New York, NY 

The Computer Clubhouse @ 
The Computer Museum 

Boston, MA 

The Dance Outreach Program 

The Center of Contemporary Arts 
St. Louis, MO 

The Delphi Project Foundation 

Philadelphia, PA 

The Harlem School of the Arts 

New York, NY 

The Hip-Hop and Urban Music Project 
(Thump) by Ethos 

Ethos Music Center 
Portland, OR 

The Kennedy Center/Dance Theatre of 
Harlem Community Dance Residency 

Washington, DC 

The Kentucky Center Governor's 
School for the Arts 

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

The LIFT Study Program 

The Dance Ring, Inc./New York 
Theatre Ballet 
New York, NY 

The One Voice Arts Project 

Monterey County Office for 
Employment Training 
Salinas, CA 

The Sitar Center After-School Arts Program 

The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts 
Washington, DC 

The Spot 

Urban Peak 
Denver, CO 

The Theatre Lab School 
of the Dramatic Arts 

Washington, DC 

Tiered Mentorship Program 

Everett Dance Theatre 
Providence, Rl 

Urban Improv 

Freelance Players, Inc. 
Jamaica Plain, MA 

Urban Missions 

Columbia College Chicago 
Chicago, IL 

Urban Voices 

Global Action Project, Inc. 
New York, NY 

West Virginia Dreamers/Bridge of Dreams 

Step by Step, Inc. 
Harts, WV 

Word Journeys 

Pima County Public Library 
Tucson, AZ 

Young Artist Apprenticeship Program (YAAP) 

Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the 
University of Houston 
Houston, TX 

Young People's Chorus of New York City 

New York, NY 

Young Shakespeare Workshop 

Seattle, WA 

Youth Action Research Institute (YARD 

Institute for Community Research 
Hartford, CT 


Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta 

Atlanta, GA 

Youth Mentorship Program 

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village 
Dearborn, Ml 

Youth Theater Project 

San Francisco Mime Troupe, Inc. 
San Francisco, CA 


The Lied Discovery Children's Museum 
Las Vegas, NV 

Toddler Rock 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum 
Cleveland, OH 

To Make The World A Better Place 

New York, NY 

T-Shirt Theatre 

Alliance for Drama Education 
Honolulu, HI 

Tuition-Free Conservatory/ 
Preparatory Program 

Merit School of Music 
Chicago, IL 

Urban Arts Training Program 

Arts Council of New Orleans 
New Orleans, LA 

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Below: China Welfare Institute Children's Palace dance 
program participants in performance. 


The following experts were members 
of a Coming Up Taller National Jury 
between 1998 and 2007. Their titles 
reflect the positions they held at the 
time they served. 

Debbie Allen 

Los Angeles, CA 

Giselle Antoni 

Executive Director 
Big Thought 
Dallas, TX 

Frannie Ashburn 


North Carolina Center for the Book 

Raleigh, NC 

Jenny Atkinson 

Senior Director, Education and The Arts 
Boys and Girls Clubs of America 
Atlanta, GA 

Peggy Barber 

Partner and Principal 

Library Communication Strategies 

Chicago, IL 

Roger L. Bedard 

Evelyn Smith Family Professor of Theatre 
Arizona State University 
Tempe, AZ 

Tomas J. Benitez 


Self Help Graphics and Art, Inc. 

Los Angeles, CA 

Shirley Brice Heath 

Professor of English and Linguistics 
Stanford University 
Stanford, CA 

Bill Bulick 


Creative Planning Consultants 

Portland, OR 

Stanley A. Butler 

Branch Manager, Walbrook Branch 
Enoch Pratt Free Library 
Baltimore, MD 

Norma E. Cantu 

Professor of English 

Texas A&M International University 

Laredo, TX 

Isabel Carter Stewart 

Executive Director 

Chicago Foundation for Women 

Chicago, IL 

Alexine Celement Jackson 

National President 
YWCA of the USA 
Potomac, MD 

Libby Lai-Bun Chiu 

Executive Director 
Urban Gateways 
Chicago, IL 

William Cleveland 


Center for the Study of Art and 


Minneapolis, MN 

Jill Berryman 

Executive Director 
Sierra Arts Foundation 
Reno, NV 

Sharon Combs 

Vice President, National Alliances 
Nonprofit Finance Fund 
New York, NY 

Terry M. Blackhawk 

Founder and Executive Director 
InsideOut Literary Arts Project 
Detroit, Ml 

Wendy C. Blackwell 
Director of Education 
National Children's Museum 
Washington, DC 

Arthur I. Blaustein 


Department of City and Regional Planning 
University of California at Berkeley 
Berkeley, CA 

William Cook 


Department of English 
Dartmouth College 
Hanover, NH 

J. Mark Davis 


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 

Atlanta, GA 

Lynn D. Dierking 

Professor in Free-Choice Learning 
Oregon State University 
Corvallis, OR 

Brett D. Bonda 

Education Director 
Richmond Ballet 
Richmond, VA 

Allison Dillon 

Managing Director 
Nashville Children's Theater 
Nashville, TN 

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Jose Dommguez 
Program Associate 
Young Playwrights' Theater 
Washington, DC 

Ben Donenberg 

Artistic Director 
Shakespeare Festival/LA 
Los Angeles, CA 

Janet Eilber 

Director, Arts Education 
Dana Foundation 
New York, NY 

Debra Eileen Evans 

Music Education Consultant 
New York, NY 

Pat Farmer 

Executive Director 
Allegro Foundation 
Charlotte, NC 

Douglas W. Foard 

Adjunct Professor of History 
George Mason University 
Fairfax, VA 

Edward H. Friedman 

Professor of Spanish and 
Comparative Literature 
Vanderbilt University 
Nashville, TN 

Anthony P. Frudakis 

Sculptor, Associate Professor of Art 
Hillsdale College 
Hillsdale, Ml 

Kathryn Gibson 

Head of School 

The MacDuffie School 

Springfield, MA 

Mashunte Glass 

Youth Jurist 
Atlanta, GA 

Sandra Haarsager 

Interim Director 
Lionel Hampton Center 
University of Idaho 
Moscow, ID 

Robert L. Hall 

Associate Head of Education and 
Visual Arts Specialist 
Anacostia Museum and Center for 
African American History and Culture 
Smithsonian Institution 
Washington, DC 

Ronnie Hartfield 

Executive Director for 
Museum Education 
The Art Institute of Chicago 
Chicago, IL 

Luis Haza 

Music Director and Conductor 
American Youth Philharmonic 
Annandale, VA 

Samuel Chuen-Tsung Hoi 


Corcoran College of Art and Design 

Washington, DC 

Johnny Irizarry 

Program Specialist for Latino Studies 
Office of Curriculum Support 
School District of Philadelphia 
Philadelphia, PA 

Andrew P. Jackson 

Executive Director 

Langston Hughes Community Library 

and Cultural Center 

Queens Library 

Corona, NY 

Homer Jackson 

Artist and Teacher 
Philadelphia, PA 

Sandra Jackson-Dumont 

Kayla Skinner Deputy Director of 
Education and Public Programs 
Seattle Art Museum 
Seattle, WA 

Jennifer Jeffries Thompson 

Historical Projects Consultant 
Montana Historical Society 
Helena, MT 

Suzi Jones 

Deputy Director 

Anchorage Museum of History and Art 

Anchorage, AK 

Anana Kambon 

National Director 
ACT-SO Program 
Baltimore, MD 

Collette Lampkin 
Youth Jurist 
Washington, DC 

Jeremy Chi-Ming Liu 

Director of Community Programs 
Asian Community Development 
Boston, MA 

Abel Lopez 

Associate Producing Director 
GALA Hispanic Theatre 
Washington, DC 

Mark Lutwak 

Freelance Director 
Honolulu Theatre for Youth 
Honolulu, HI 

Barbara Jo Maier 

Assistant Professor 
Department of Theatre 
Northern Arizona University 
Flagstaff, AZ 

R. Maria Marable-Bunch 

Associate Director of Teacher Programs 

The Art Institute of Chicago 

Chicago, IL 1 

Lolita Mayadas , £ 
Englewood, NJ 

Sandra Mayo 

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

Susan McLeod 


Chippewa Valley Museum 

Eau Claire, Wl 

Tim Rollins 


K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) 

New York, NY 

David Jacob Rothman 

Publisher and Editor 
Conundrum Press 
Crested Butte, CO 

Barbara Meyerson 

Executive Director 
Arizona Museum for Youth 
Mesa, AZ 

Edda Meza 

Youth Jurist 
Chicago, IL 

Celeste Miller 

Celeste Miller & Company 
Atlanta, GA 

W. Jean Moore 

Director of Languages 
and Communications 
Northwest Mississippi 
Community College 
Coldwater, MS 

Georgina Ngozi 

Executive Director 

Children's Museum of the Low Country 

Charleston, SC 

Da Thao Nguyen 

Youth Jurist 
Boston, MA 

Philip Nix 


Sonoma County Day School 

Santa Rosa, CA 

Anne Phillips 


The Kindred Spirits Foundation 

New York, NY 

Paula Phillips 

Director, Community Arts Partnerships 
Maryland Institute College of Art 
Baltimore, MD 

Jane Prancan 

Executive Director 
US West Foundation 
Denver, CO 

Dr. Alberto Rafols 

Executive Director 
The Cultural Council of 
Santa Cruz County 
Aptos, CA 

William Reeder 


National Foundation for Advancement 

in the Arts 

Miami, FL 

Jeri Robinson 

Vice President 
Early Childhood Programs 
Boston Children's Museum 
Boston, MA 

Frank Russell 


Community Design Center 
University of Cincinnati 
Cincinnati, OH 

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 

Jeanne H. Schmedlen 


Pennsylvania Humanities Council 

Philadelphia, PA 

Diantha Schull 

Executive Director 
Libraries for the Future 
New York, NY 

Patricia A. Shifferd 
Vice President, Community and 
Education Programs 
American Composers Forum 
St. Paul, MN 

Naomi Shihab Nye 

Writer and Editor 
San Antonio, TX 

Shirley K. Sneve 


Visual Arts Center 

Sioux Falls, SD 

Danny Tamez 

Director of Education 
George Street Playhouse 
New Brunswick, NJ 

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 

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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 

Cary D. Wintz 

Professor, History Department 
Texas Southern University 
Houston, TX 

Below: DREAMS Center student Ebony 
Dockery weaves a basket. 

Phillip Ying 


Ying Quartet 
Rochester, NY 

Nicole Yohalem 

Program Director 

The Forum for Youth Investment 

Washington, DC 

Denise Zaccardi 

Executive Director 
Community TV Network 
Chicago, IL 

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

Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro 

Alice S. Kandell 

American Express Company 

American Photo 

Ann Sheffer 

Anncox Foundation, Inc. 

Beth Singer Design, LLC 

Betsy and Alan Cohn Foundation 

Bill McCormick 


Caren H. Prothro 

Charles Butt 

Charles Vincent Prothro Family Fund 
of The Dallas Foundation 

Cherner Automotive, Arlene 
and Harvey Cherner 

Cherner Lincoln, Mercury, Isuzu, and Kia 

Cranium, Inc. 

Curt Bradbury 

Cynthia Friedman 

David Henry Hwang 

Don Coleman Advertising, Inc. 


Dwain Wall 

Earth Sciences & Technologies 
International, Inc. 

Elizabeth and Richard Dubin Foundation 

Everett L. Fly 

First Book 

Four Graphics 


Global Tech Industries 

GMAC Financial Services 

Green Family Foundation 

Hachette Filipacchi Magazines 

Harold Williams Foundation 

Harriet Mayor Fulbright Fund 

H.E. Butt Grocery Company 

Henry J. Kaufmann & Associates, Inc. 

Howard A. Tullman 

Image Graphics 

Image Works 

Institute for Civil Society 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

Irene Y. Hirano 

Istros Media Corporation 

JoAnn McGrath 

John and Lucia Mudd 

John Brademas 

Kristen Schmeelcke of Holland 
and Knight LLP 

KSF Production Group, Inc. 

Laura A. Winter 

Lerone Bennett, Jr. 

Loews Cineplex Entertainment 

Madeleine Harris Berman 

Margaret Corbett Daley 

Dr. Mark Epstein and Ms. Amoretta 

Martin E. Marty 

MasterCard International 

Members, President's Committee 
on the Arts and the Humanities 

MetLife Foundation 

Mid-Atlantic Printers, Ltd. 

Miller & Long Co., Inc. 

Ministry of Culture, 
People's Republic of China 

Miriam and Gerry Bimbach 

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National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 

National Endowment for the Arts 

National Endowment for the Humanities 

New York Stock Exchange, Inc. 

Noel Gould, Esq. 

Pellom & Navvab McDaniels 

Podesta Associates, Inc. 

Popular Photography 

Preview Travel 

Quebecor, USA 

Quincy Jones Productions, Inc. 

Raymond D. Nasher 

Recording Industry of America 

Reese Press 

Richard Rabinowitz 

Rita Moreno 

Robert and Joyce Menschel 
Family Foundation 

Robert T. and Ruby N. Priddy Donor 
Advised Fund, Witchita Falls Area 
Community Foundation 

Samsonite Company Stores 

Samsonite Corporation 

Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Slavin 

Sara Lee Foundation 

Semel Charitable Foundation 

S.H. & Helen R. Scheuer Family 

Shirley P. Wilhite 

Sony Online Entertainment 

Surdna Foundation 

Susan Barnes-Gelt 

Sylvia Major Trust 

The Chase Manhattan Foundation 

The Communications Consortium 

The Harman Family Foundation, 
Jane and Sidney Harman 

The Leonora Foundation 

The Rodgers and Hammerstein 

The Rodgers Family Foundation, Inc. 

The Ruth C. and Charles S. Sharp 
Foundation, Inc. 

The U.S.-Mexico Foundation for 
Culture, with special support from Jumex, 
the Comex Group, Fundacion Televisa, 
Fundacion Coca-Cola, The Government of 
the State of Campeche, and United 

Thomas M. & Victoria A. O'Gara 

Time Warner Inc. 

Travelodge Franchise Systems, Inc. 

Universal Studios, Inc. 

U.S. Department of Education 

Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation 

Walter H. Shorenstein 

Westgate Resorts 

Whitmore Print and Imaging 

Widmeyer Communications, Inc. 

W. Robert Connor 


President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Suite 526 

Washington, DC 20506 
Phone: 202-682-5409 
Fax: 202-682-5668 

The President of the United States recognizes 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. It recognizes cultural excellence, engages 
in research, initiates special projects, and stimulates private funding. Areas of current 
focus include programs in youth arts and humanities learning; preservation and 
conservation; special events; and expansion of international cultural relations. 

First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chairman 

Adair Margo, Chairman 

Henry Moran, Executive Director 

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

1800 M Street, NW 

9th Floor 

Washington, DC 20036-5802 

Phone: 202-653-IMLS 

Fax: 202-653-4600 



The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal 
support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's 
mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information 
and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state 
and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance 
learning and innovation; and support professional development. 

Anne-lmelda M. Radice, PhD, Director 

National Endowment for the Arts 

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 

Washington, DC 20506 

Phone: 202-682-5400 

Fax: 202-682-5611 



The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting 
excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; 
and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an 
independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's 
largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural 
areas, inner cities, and military bases. 

Dana Gioia, Chairman 

National Endowment for the Humanities 

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20506 
Phone: 202-606-8400 
Fax: 202-606-8240 

Because democracy demands wisdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities 
(NEH) 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. 

Bruce M. Cole, PhD, Chairman 

Below: Nohely Vargas from Ritmo en Action 
stomps in a performance at the Hyde Square 
Task Force Annual Meeting. 





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