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Phoenix Conservatory of Music Hits High Note with National Arts & Humanities Youth Program AwardPhoenix Conservatory of Music Hits High Note with National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award<div class="ExternalClass414FF29EAF6F4B508EDD9250132F9421"> <table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>Honor is a first for the program supported by Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture operating grant</strong></p><p>As Phoenix's arts community continues to grow and thrive, one of its own arts organizations has received national recognition of its excellent programming for young people. The Phoenix Conservatory of Music was recognized today with a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation's highest honor for these programs. PCM was one of twelve organizations across the country to receive the honor, which recognizes effectiveness in promoting learning and life skills in young people by engaging them through creative youth development programs.  </p><p>In addition to the national recognition bestowed by receipt of the prestigious award, PCM will also receive $10,000 to support its programming and engage more young people from the community.</p><p>"Phoenix is home to an incredible arts community, and organizations like the Phoenix Conservatory of Music are key to the city's cultural vibrancy," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "This award is testament to the great work PCM is doing to expose children in our community to the arts and music education."</p><p>The award recognizes the country's best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to generate a wide range of positive outcomes, such as increases in academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. The awardees—chosen from a pool of 350 nominations and 50 finalists—were also recognized for improving literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.</p><p>"This award highlights what we already know, that Phoenix has an amazing arts and culture community that deserves a national stage, with programs that give students the skills to achieve their dreams," said Phoenix Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, chair of the city's Parks, Arts, Education and Equality Subcommittee. "The Phoenix Conservatory of Music provides essential support and encouragement of students' creativity and self-expression, something most young people can't get during the regular school day."</p><p>The award is the latest recognition to highlight the Conservatory's work with students. Earlier this year, the City of Phoenix recognized the arts nonprofit's life-changing work with a $14,772 grant to support the group's operating expenses. The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's Grants Program supports organizations that expand the availability of arts and cultural activities throughout the city of Phoenix and champion, promote, and expand cultural diversity. </p><p>"This kind of excellent programming is why it is essential that the City of Phoenix supports arts organizations like the Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Our investment through operating grants and technical support help to make these successes possible," said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1. "I hope that our residents will take the time to learn about the Conservatory and all it offers our community. It's a true gem that everyone should know about."</p><p>Residents who would like to watch the awards ceremony can attend a viewing party to celebrate at the Phoenix Conservatory of Music:</p><p> <strong>WHEN:                                </strong><br> Thursday, November 9, 2017<br> 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.</p><p> <strong>WHERE:</strong>                             <br> Metrocenter Mall<br> 9617 N. Metro Parkway West, Suite 2112, Phoenix AZ 85051</p><p> <strong>SCHEDULE:</strong>                         <br> 5:30 p.m.  Student performances, refreshments, tours<br> 6:30  p.m. Video feed of Regina Nixon, PCM Executive Director, Marcus Wolf, PCM Student Ambassador and PCM Students Lourde Childs and Michael Rodriguez performing at the awards ceremony in Washington D.C.<br> 7:15 p.m. Cake and more student performances</p><p>For more information about the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1353397/604673/5878/3/">www.pcmrocks.org</a>.</p><p> <strong>About the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture</strong><br><strong> </strong>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city's buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture and Twitter @phxarts_​culture.<br></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p></div>11/9/2017 6:45:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108