ZUMIX Wins White House Award!

November 2, 2011

From the Firehouse to the White House


We are incredibly honored to receive the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the White House, the highest honor our country has for youth arts programs.  On November 2, ZUMIX participant Ixchel Garcia and Executive Director Madeleine Steczynski attended the awards ceremony at the White House and accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama, on behalf of 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.


ZUMIX is one of only 12 programs across the country chosen from a pool of more than 471 nominations and 50 finalists for this distinction. 


This award recognizes that ZUMIX is making an important contribution to the youth we serve and to our community.  By engaging youth in music and the arts, we’re building critical learning and skills that help them succeed in school and in life.  Numerous studies over the years have shown that youth who participate in the arts do better in school, and they’re more likely to graduate from high school, to go to college, to find meaningful employment, and to be active members of their community.  We see that happening here at ZUMIX:  in the last 4 years, 92% of our seniors have gone on to college.


There’s no question that these are tough times for programs like ours. We need the support of the community to engage as many youth as we can. And we hope this award will help us make the case that ZUMIX is a critical part of the investment we’re making in the future of our youth and our community.


Click here for more info: http://www.nahyp.org/awardees/2011-awardees/zumix/


Click here for more photos of ZUMIX at the White House: http://on.fb.me/rD9ACB