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Scripps College among arts honorees at White House ceremony

October 21, 2010 |  7:00 am

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday honoring youth-oriented arts programs around the country, and one of the honorees comes directly from Southern California.

Scripps College in Claremont was a recipient of the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its work on the Scripps College Academy, a free, year-round initiative intended to prepare young women for higher education. The program is geared toward disadvantaged students from around the Los Angeles area.

As part of the award, the college is receiving $10,000 to support Scripps College Academy programming and to engage more young women from the community.

In all, 15 organizations were honored at the White House on Wednesday. The first lady presided over the ceremony along with Margo Lion, both of whom serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

"You're showing our students that each of them has something valuable to contribute to this life," said the first lady in her speech. "And you're opening their eyes to a world of possibility that awaits them –- one work of art, one relationship, one lifetime at a time."

The awards, formerly known as the Coming Up Taller Awards, had a pool of approximately 400 applicants, which was subsequently narrowed to a field of 50 finalists.

You can watch the award ceremony in the video above. And here's a list of the 15 institutions that received awards at the White House on Wednesday.

After-School Playwriting Program
Young Playwrights’ Theater, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP)
Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Institutions, Inc.
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Center for Community Arts Partnerships
Community Schools Initiative
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago

Community MusicWorks
Providence, R.I.

FACT After–School Programs
Fine Arts for Children and Teens, Inc.
Santa Fe

Girlstories Theatre Project and Workshops
Powerstories Theatre, Inc.
Tampa, Fla.

New Directions YouthArts
City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs
Las Vegas

Project ALERTA
University of Massachusetts
Boston

RiverzEdge Arts Project
Woonsocket, R.I.

San Francisco WritersCorps
Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco

Scripps College Academy
Scripps College
Claremont, Calif.

The After School Program
Mentors of Minorities in Education Inc.
Washington, D.C.

Artists Collective’s Transforming the Lives of High Risk Youth: Training in the Arts & Culture of the African Diaspora
Artists Collective, Inc.
Hartford, Conn.

Urban Voices
Global Action Project, Inc.
New York

YouthCAN
Wing Luke Asian Museum
Seattle

-- David Ng

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