“These young people are learning how to use creative thinking to work as a team, to solve problems and to express themselves constructively. These are exactly the kinds of skills we want young people to have, to be able to succeed in school, in work and in life,” said Kathryn Chaplow – UICA Board President.
In 2012, UICA’s ArtWorks Youth Program received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor youth programs can receive in the United States. First Lady Michele Obama awarded ArtWorks the honors for community-based arts and humanities programs that make a marked difference in the lives of their participants by improving academic scores and graduation rates, enhancing life skills, developing positive relationships, and expressing themselves creatively. ArtWorks was created to ready young people (ages 14–21) for 21st century creative careers. The program utilizes contemporary art as a learning platform to promote active and creative citizenship, as well as provide studio experiences, professional resources, and opportunities for students to present themselves and their work to the community.