Project STEP, a string-instrument training and education program based in Boston, is one of twelve winners of the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Project partners who operate Project STEP are A Far Cry; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Boston University; New England Conservatory of Music; Triple Helix Piano Trio; and Winsor Music. The awards—administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—are given annually to twelve afterschool and out-of-school arts and humanities programs, each of which receives $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama. Other NAHYP winners this year include the Delta Blues Museum Arts & Education Program (based in Clarksdale, Mississippi),¡CityArts! Community AfterSchool Program (Providence, Rhode Island), and New Ballet Ensemble & School Residencies/Scholarships (Memphis, Tennessee). The deadline is February 2, 2015 to apply online for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. To apply, visit the NAHYP website. More information on this year’s winners is available here.

Posted November 24, 2014

Pictured: First Lady Michelle Obama, Project STEP student Ajani Boyd, and Project STEP Executive Director Mary Jaffee