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Local After-School Program To Receive National Award

11:43 PM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - A national honor for a local after-school program

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama will present the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to CEPA Gallery. The gallery has an after-school program that is being recognized for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts or humanities.

The programs were recognized for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and
college enrollment, as well as improve literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.

CEPA will get national recognition and a $10,000 check. Lauren Tent, education director at CEPA Gallery will attend the White House ceremony with Jose Lagares, a student in the program who also attends LaFayette High School in Buffalo, NY.

Lagares calls this "a dream come true." He is enjoying photography. Tent told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, that the program "brings kids together from different parts of Buffalo, they look at photography they share their own work and through that they learn that everyone has a different perspective on the world. And I think that goes out and empowers them to tell their own story."

There were over 350-nominations from the around the country. CEPA Gallery is one of only 12 after-school and out-of-school programs to receive the award. It is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. The awards are administered by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The 12 students receiving awards from Mrs. Obama today represent a wide
range of arts and humanities programs, including the Boston Children's Chorus; Pearl Bailey Youth Program in Newport News, VA; a creative writing and mentoring organization that helps teen girls discover and express their creative voices called WriteGirl, Los Angeles.

There were over 350-nominations from the around the country. CEPA Gallery is one of only 12 after-school and out-of-school programs to receive the award. It is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. The awards are administered by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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