PROVIDENCE – AS220 Youth – the AS220’s free arts education program for at-risk teens – is a finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
According to the AS220, this award is the highest honor in the U.S. for out-of-school arts and humanities program and is focused on celebrating the creativity of America’s young people, particularly those from under-served communities.
Youth representatives for AS220 Youth will travel to Washington on Nov. 19 to attend a ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and discover if they are one of the 12 recipients of the 2012 award.
AS220 Youth is an arts education program that serves young people from 14 to 21 free of charge. The program focuses on those youth in the care and custody of the state of Rhode Island.
AS220 Youth has continuously offered arts programming at the Rhode Island Training School since 1998, making it the longest-standing arts program in a juvenile detention facility in the U.S.
“We not only serve youth while they are in detention but make a concerted effort to continue this relationship at our Youth Studio in Providence once they have been released,” said AS220 Communications Director Dave Dvorchak in an e-mail to Providence Business News.
“Our goal is to engage youth in a creative process that will lead to positive social, educational and vocational outcomes,” said Dvorchak, adding that the youth program offers workshops and intensives in music, dance, creative writing, visual arts, 2D and 3D design and photography.
The program serves roughly 330 youth each year at AS220’s 115 Empire St. complex, the Rhode Island Training School and the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, a middle school for at-risk youth.
This marks the third consecutive year that AS220 Youth has been named a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.