The Ovation Foundation, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), and Americans for the Arts (AFTA), in cooperation with the Congressional STEAM Caucus, recognized eight schools, recipients of the innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards, at a ceremony and reception held last night at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. The innOVATION STEAM Grant Awards acknowledged public K-12 model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum.
Each of the following schools received a $10,000 innOVATION Grant Award:
Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
Dayton Regional STEM School, Kettering, OH
High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego, CA
Highland Park Middle School, Beaverton, OR
Kennedy Elementary School, Janesville, WI
National Inventors Hall of Fame Center for STEM Learning, Akron, OH
Quatama Elementary School, Hillsboro, OR
Renaissance Arts Academy, Los Angeles, CA
Along with representatives from the schools, students and parents, attending the ceremony were Reps. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY), co-Chairs of the Congressional STEAM Caucus, as well as Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts, and Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Pictured left to right are: Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), co-chair of the Congressional STEAM caucus; David Nieslanik, Principal of Highland Park Middle School, Beaverton, OR; Amy Lori Brito Martinez, student, Highland Park Middle School; Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), co-chair of the Congressional STEAM caucus; Rachel Goslin, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities; and Jessica Yas, Director, Government Relations, Ovation. Photo credit: Paul Morigi, Getty Images.
“Congratulations to Highland Park Middle School and Quatama Elementary School for leading the way, nationally and in Oregon, with their creative, forward-thinking STEAM programs. The future of our economy relies on an educated workforce to create and fill the jobs of the 21st century. As the co-chair of the Congressional STEAM caucus, I am working to advance the innovative approach to education that these eight schools embody,” said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR).
“We can learn a lot from these eight schools—they stand as role models for the education system in America today honoring a well-rounded education for every student by incorporating the arts and the STEM subjects,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “I am impressed by their students’ academic achievement, school engagement, and innovative thinking. By acknowledging and rewarding these creative programs today, we aim to encourage and inspire schools across the country tomorrow.”
Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation, the parent company of The Ovation Foundation, added: “There is no better way to provide students with 21st century work skills and to regain America’s competitive edge than to integrate the arts into education. The Ovation Foundation is proud to partner with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Americans for the Arts to honor these exemplary schools and congratulate them on advancing efforts to integrate the Arts into STEM education.”
"The President's Committee has made increasing access to arts education a signature focus over the last five years, and we are thrilled to acknowledge these schools’ inspiring STEAM programs," said Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. "It is through programs like these that we can foster the skills of innovation, creativity and problem-solving that our students need to compete in the world today."
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The President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities
Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange, and creative economy.
About Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org
About Ovation and The Ovation Foundation
Ovation is an independent television and digital media company dedicated to celebrating and supporting all forms of arts and culture. Ovation TV, selectively curates and airs arts-related series, specials, documentaries and films. We also offer viewers an exciting line up of Ovation original productions. Ovation TV is available to nearly 50M subscribers via cable, satellite and telco systems including Comcast Cable/Xfinity, DIRECTV/AT&T U-verse, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, and many other smaller providers and is offered in both standard and high definition, as well as on VOD. In addition, Ovation champions artists through the Ovation Digital Arts network, a unique artist community dedicated to supporting and helping talented YouTube creators grow their brands and businesses. Through The Ovation Foundation, the company is committed to advocating for the arts, nationally and locally, and has provided more than $15M in contributions and in kind support to arts institutions and arts education. You can follow Ovation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and OvationTV.com.
For more information, contact:
Tel: 818 876-0480
For Americans for the Arts
Tel: 202 712-2054
PCAH Public Affairs
Tel: 202 682-5409