SPY HOP NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL ARTS & HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAMS AWARD
Salt Lake City, Utah (April 29, 2013) – Spy Hop's innovative afterschool and community program in the digital arts, has been selected as one of fifty finalists for the National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award. The fifty organizations were selected from 376 nominations representing 49 states. Spy Hop’s selection distinguishes it as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country. This is the second time Spy Hop has been recognized as a finalist, the first time being in 2010.
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and its cultural partners; the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognize 50 exceptional programs across the country for their work in presenting rich arts and humanities learning opportunities to young people. From small towns to big cities, the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalists reflect the diversity of disciplines and settings of programs that are taking place from coast to coast.
If selected as one of the top ten organizations, Spy Hop will receive a $10,000 one-time grant and an invitation to attend the White House awards ceremony hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.
“We are thrilled to be nominated again for this prestigious award", said Spy Hop Executive Director, Kasandra VerBrugghen. “Over the past 15 years, we have been operating on the belief that the next generation has a lot to say, and we have helped thousands of Utah students find their voice and tell their story through film, music, radio and design. This kind of national recognition validates the importance of innovative programs like Spy Hop's in the digital media arts.”
About Spy Hop
For nearly 15 years, Spy Hop has mentored Utah’s young people in the digital media arts as a vehicle for free expression, self-discovery, critical thinking and skilled participation. Its afterschool and community programs in film, audio, design and music production are a model for youth development programs across the nation and Spy Hop is recognized by the White House as a leading arts and humanities organization.