Awards & Recognition

Elizabeth Whitford and Arts Corps student David accepting the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama

Arts Corps has grown exponentially since its beginning 2000. In addition to rapid programmatic growth, Arts Corps is recognized both locally and nationally as a pioneering leader in the field of arts education.


Arts Corps recognized as outstanding arts education organization and agent of social change.


Arts Corps deemed national leader in excellent arts programming.

  • Harvard University, Project Zero (A graduate research program on arts education and creativity) recognized Arts Corps as one of the nation’s 12 exemplary case study sites in helping best identify the characteristics of high-quality arts education. 2006
  • National Partnership for Quality Afterschool Learning selected Arts Corps as an exemplary site for best practices in after-school programming earning us a film opportunity with WGBH-Boston. 2006 To watch the film, click here.


In 2009, Arts Corps launched a Seattle pilot of MusicianCorps, a prototype for the Artist and Musician Corps called for by President Obama and by Congress in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. Working with a network of national partners in four cities across the country (Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco/Oakland, and Seattle), we modeled a program for musicians working in full time service that caught significant local and national attention.

Read the whole story here.

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