PUBLISHED: 5:01 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Laura Bush presents national Coming Up Taller award to Sitka Fine Arts Camp
A Sitka program to introduce students to fine arts has received national recognization and a $10,000 award from The Coming Up Taller Awards program.

The Coming UP Taller Award recognizes outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and a chance to contribute to their communities.

More than 350 nominations were received by the program in 2007.

"Arts and humanities activities have a wonderful way of enabling young people to discover their unique talents and interests while forging a path to success in school and life," said Adair Margo, Chairman of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. "Sitka Fine Arts Camp cultivates students' interest in and appreciation for arts, empowering them to transform artistic experience into skills and inner strength, which are the groundwork for success."

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  Sitka Fine Arts Camp was nationally recognized as one of 18 recipients of the 2007 Coming Up Taller Awards. Youth and adult representatives of the program received the $10,000 award from First Lady Laura Bush at a January 28 White House ceremony in Washington, D.C. Pictured here are Dana Gioia, chairman of The National Endowment for the Arts; Roger Schmidt, director of Sitka Fine Arts Camp; T.J. Agne, Sitka Fine Arts Camp youth participant; and Mrs. Laura Bush, honorary chairman of the PCAH.
Through its intensive summer classes, Sitka Fine Arts Camp offers students from across Alaska-and even across the country-arts education and interaction with working artists. The camp offers a one-week session for local elementary school students and two-week sessions for middle and high school students.

Students can choose from more than 60 different classes in music, visual arts, dance, writing, theater, Alaskan Native art, and art technology.