(Seattle, WA) – At a White House ceremony on Wednesday, October 20, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing) and its afterschool program, YouthCAN, will be recognized with a prestigious national award by First Lady Michelle Obama for its impact in engaging young people in the arts and humanities.

Chosen from a pool of more than 400 nominations and 50 finalists, YouthCAN is one of just 15 programs across the country to receive the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor for afterschool arts and humanities programs. YouthCAN is being recognized for its work in empowering high school students, helping them build leadership, communication, and organizational skills through arts-based programming.

This award is administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In addition to the national recognition bestowed by receipt of the prestigious award, awardees will also receive $10,000 to support its programming and engage more young people from the community.

The Wing’s mission is to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences. It is the nation’s only museum devoted to the pan-Asian Pacific American experience and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The Awards Ceremony will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live at 11am, EST.

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