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Cars line up to see wildfire-ravaged Tennessee city; 13 dead

2016-12-02 11:03:00 STLToday.com
Nearly 1,000 buildings were damaged by the fire; the victims killed included a Memphis couple separated from their three sons during the fire. Read Full Story ...

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SIUE Alumnus Accepts National Honor on behalf of St. Louis ArtWorks

2016-12-02 10:52:00 SIUE.edu

SIUE alumnus Priscilla Block, executive director of St. Louis ArtWorks, and teen apprentice AnnaLise Cason accepted the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama during a ceremony at the White House. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Priscilla Block, executive director of St. Louis ArtWorks, accepted the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) on Tuesday, Nov. 15. First Lady Michelle Obama presided over a special ceremony at the White House. Block achieved a bachelor’s of fine arts from SIUE in 1996.

The NAHYP Award is the highest national honor for youth programs and was presented to 12 organizations. According to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the award recognizes the programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to generate a wide range of positive outcomes, including increases in academic achievement, growth in graduation and college enrollment rates, and improvements in literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.

“We believe that every single child has boundless promise, no matter who they are, where they come from, or how much money their parents have,” said Mrs. Obama during the awards ceremony. “And it is important to our continued greatness to see these kids as ours – not as ‘them,’ not as ‘other,’ but as ours. And that’s really the power of programs like these. That’s the message that they send to our young people every single day.”

St. Louis ArtWorks is a year-round job training program using art as a tool to teach essential life and job skills to underserved St. Louis youth. Ninety percent of St. Louis ArtWorks’ participants graduate high school and plan to attend college, which is a significantly higher rate than their classmates.

“Our primary goal is to strengthen our apprentices’ core skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math, exposing them to a variety of careers,” said Block. “We hope this award will draw attention to the documented fact that programs like ours are essential investments not just in the lives of our young people, but in our community as well. We’re incredibly proud of this achievement and of the young people, volunteers, supporters, board, and staff who made it possible.”

About St. Louis ArtWorks

Since its founding in 1995, St. Louis ArtWorks’ programs have engaged more than 3,000 young people in arts apprenticeships, successfully helping to prepare them for future education and employment opportunities. St. Louis ArtWorks bridges economic, racial and social divisions by providing underserved youth with arts education, workforce development training and 21st century life skills.

St. Louis ArtWorks was created to use art as a tool to help youth in the community explore who they are and who they want to be in a safe environment. So many young people are repeatedly told what they cannot do, and thus, have neither hope nor dreams for a brighter future. St. Louis ArtWorks listens to teen apprentices, to help them realize that each of them is a work of art, and that their choices have a direct effect on their future and the person they want to become.

In 2015, St. Louis ArtWorks moved to 5959 Delmar, one block east of The Loop. The new building includes traditional and digital art studios, a pollinator garden and a MakerSpace.

About the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The awards are presented annually 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).

Created in 1982 by Executive Order, the PCAH is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the administration and the three primary cultural agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—as well as with 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 community revitalization. Mrs. Obama, like other first ladies before her, serves as Honorary Chair of the committee, which comprises both private and public members.

Photo: SIUE alumnus Priscilla Block, executive director of St. Louis ArtWorks, and teen apprentice AnnaLise Cason accepted the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

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Mizzou students raise money for dining hall employee, who then donates the cash

2016-12-02 10:30:00 STLToday.com
The story was taking on a life of its own on social media, and the fundraising amount climbed to more than $5,000. Read Full Story ...

How Trump can save the Midwest

2016-12-02 10:13:00 STLToday.com
Rust Belt cities and states need a huge bailout. Read Full Story ...

Riverview Gardens regains state accreditation

2016-12-02 10:00:00 STLToday.com
The milestone marks the beginning of the end of the out-migration of millions of dollars and hundreds of students from Riverview under the state?s controversial transfer law. Read Full Story ...

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Metro East killer who used frying pan, gun sentenced to 34 years in prison

2016-12-02 09:45:00 STLToday.com
The victim, Roderick L. Taylor, was found dead in the trunk of a Cadillac that crashed Dec. 17, 2015. Read Full Story ...

BenFred's 5: Cardinals now own one of baseball's most bizarre windups

2016-12-02 09:40:00 STLToday.com
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Aisha Sultan: Teaching children how to spot real news from fake news

2016-12-02 09:00:00 STLToday.com
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Murder charges refused in Moline Acres killing

2016-12-02 08:30:00 STLToday.com
MOLINE ACRES ? St. Louis County prosecutors have refused murder warrants against a teenager who remains the suspect in a Moline Acres killing two months ago. Read Full Story ...

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Right-to-work resurfaces in Missouri with incoming GOP governor

2016-12-02 07:00:00 STLToday.com
Thursday marks the first day for lawmakers to begin introducing legislation to be debated in 2017. Read Full Story ...

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Man killed in one-vehicle crash on Highway 40

2016-12-02 06:32:00 STLToday.com
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St. Louis area man killed in one-vehicle crash on Highway 40

2016-12-02 06:32:00 STLToday.com
The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the victim as Gary D. Byrd. Read Full Story ...

Driver crashes vehicle on Kansas City highway, had been shot

2016-12-02 06:17:00 STLToday.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ? Authorities say a driver found dead in a vehicle after crashing on a Kansas City highway apparently had been shot. Read Full Story ...

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Repeat drunken driver gets 13 years for hitting Illinois trooper

2016-12-02 05:45:00 STLToday.com
MAYWOOD, Ill. ? A woman driving without a license because of previous drunken driving offenses who struck and critically injured an Illinois state trooper has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. Read Full Story ...

Bullied teen kills herself in front of her family

2016-12-02 05:45:00 STLToday.com
Her family said the harassment focused mainly on the 18-year-old's weight. Read Full Story ...

Bullied Texas teen kills herself in front of her family

2016-12-02 05:45:00 STLToday.com
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St. Louis hopes final round of Obama-era grants further boosts north side

2016-12-02 05:25:00 STLToday.com
The Choice Neighborhoods grant would help city redevelop a housing complex and provide services near the NGA. Read Full Story ...

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Illinois lawmakers unite to bail out Exelon nuclear power plants, but little else

2016-12-02 04:45:00 STLToday.com
Opponents say the bill could cost Illinois ratepayers more than $4 a month. Read Full Story ...

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Garcia's uneven Cardinals career ends with trade to Braves

2016-12-02 01:20:00 STLToday.com
Four-player deal includes Lenny Dykstra's son and two minor-league pitchers coming to the Cardinals. Read Full Story ...

Hats off to Tarasenko as Blues win again at home

2016-12-02 01:15:00 STLToday.com
Club holds on for a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Read Full Story ...

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St. Louis hopes final round of Obama-era grant further boosts north side

2016-12-02 00:15:00 STLToday.com
The Choice Neighborhoods grant would help city redevelop a housing complex and provide services near the NGA. Read Full Story ...

Low occupancy rates raise questions about BJC hospital expansion in Creve Coeur

2016-12-02 00:00:00 STLToday.com
At a time when the health care industry is cutting back on inpatient beds, BJC HealthCare is looking to add beds with its proposed replacement hospital in west St. Louis County. Read Full Story ...

Hundreds of racist, homophobic fliers found outside Webster U dorm room

2016-12-02 00:00:00 STLToday.com
The fliers included homophobic slurs and dozens of messages referencing the student's ethnicity as an African-American. Read Full Story ...

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