Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Coming Up Taller Awards

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in partnership with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) invites nominations for the 2010 Coming Up Taller Awards. The program, now in its thirteenth year, honors excellence in afterschool, out-of-school, and summer arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Other program partners include the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Each year, the Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and reward exceptional programs that cultivate character development and life skills in young people. Award recipients receive $10,000 each, an individualized plaque, and an invitation to attend the annual Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference in Washington, D.C. The Coming Up Taller Awards ceremony has traditionally been held in the fall at the White House, with the awards bestowed by the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama.

At the Coming Up Taller awards ceremony held at the White House last month, Mrs. Obama called the Coming Up Taller awardees’ achievement in the arts and humanities “a bridge to achievement in life.”

IMLS encourages eligible museums and libraries to apply via the 2010 nomination application available at

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 29, 2010.

If you have questions, please visit or contact PCAH at (202) 682-5409.

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