New York, NY (June 6, 2011)—The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to be among the 50 finalists selected for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its Saturday Academies program. This award is one of the nation's highest honors for outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs. Out of more than 450 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the award recognizes and supports excellence in programs that open new pathways to learning, self-discovery, and achievement. If selected for the award, the Gilder Lehrman Institute will be honored at a White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academies program has helped more than ten thousand students gain a deeper knowledge of the humanities through American history, literature, and arts classes. In the 2010–2011 school year, students from hundreds of public, charter, and parochial schools attended Gilder Lehrman Saturday Academy programs at twenty-three sites in ten states and the District of Columbia. Students in Saturday Academies improve their basic literacy and critical reading skills through exposure to primary documents; engage difficult issues through class discussion, essay projects, and artistic expression; and strengthen their knowledge of the arts, music, literature, and drama. The program prepares students both for AP and SAT exams and a lifetime of active learning.
The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is presented by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and its partner agencies—the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. Gilder Lehrman creates and works closely with history-focused schools through its Affiliate School Program; organizes teacher seminars and development programs; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state and US territory; and offers national book prizes. The Gilder Lehrman website, www.gilderlehrman.org, serves as a gateway to American history online with rich resources for educators designed specifically for K–12 teachers and students.