Great news! Platte Forum’s Artlab program has been selected as a semifinalist in President Obama’s Coming Up Taller award. This award recognizes and supports outstanding community arts and humanities programs. The goal is to celebrate the creativity of America’s youth by providing them opportunities to learn and contribute to their communities. After reviewing 459 nominations from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the ArtLab program was selected as one of the 50 semifinalists, distinguishing it as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the nation. If selected for the award, PlatteForum will receive a plaque and a check for $10,000 presented by Michelle Obama in Washington D.C.
PlatteForum’s Artlab program is an intensive year-round internship and apprentice program for underserved high school students from Denver Schools. Each year about 15 students are chosen from a variety of schools with diverse backgrounds and interests. They are paid a stipend to help instill responsibility, reward achievement, inspire new confidence and encourage goals for participants. Over the course of the year, there are four to six Creative Residents teaching and encouraging these incredible kids to explore the world of arts. At the end of the visiting artist’s time, the art created is presented to the public. PlatteForum is a beneficiary of the Riverfront Park Community Foundation which is funded by the Riverfront Park Transfer Assessment.