UW Bothell Alumnus Joshua Heim Receives National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama


Date October 29, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny - (425) 352-3395 – pennyr2@uw.edu
BOTHELL, Wash. – University of Washington Bothell Alumnus, Joshua Heim, recently saw his hard work pay off when the YouthCAN Program of the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience, a program he oversees, was honored with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP).
The NAHYP is the nation's highest honor for out-of-school arts and humanities programs that celebrates the creativity of America's young people, particularly those from underserved communities.

Each year, the NAHYP recognizes 12 outstanding programs in the United States from a wide range of urban and rural settings. Recipients of the award receive a $10,000 grant and the opportunity to visit the White House and accept the award from the First Lady.
The YouthCAN program was recognized for its community-based leadership program for Asian Pacific American youth (ages 15-19) that works to connect youth with and take pride in their heritage.
Heim is a 2010 graduate of the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies Program at UW Bothell. Of the award, Heim says, “This award is a vote of confidence for the Wing Luke Museum as a whole. For our youth participants, it's a reminder that people value their contributions and are interested in what they have to say.”

To learn more about the YouthCAN Program at the Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience, visit their website: www.wingluke.org/

To learn more about the NAHYP Award, visit their website: www.pcah.gov/national-arts-humanities-youth-program-awards.

About UW Bothell’s Master of Arts in Cultural Studies Program: The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies at the University of Washington Bothell offers an integrative approach to the study of culture across diverse locations. The MA in Cultural Studies is the first graduate program in the Pacific Northwest, and one of very few programs nationally, to partner the interdisciplinary study of art and culture with a community-based learning network. To learn more, visit the MA in Cultural Studies website: www.uwb.edu/culturalstudies.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.

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