June 2, 2017

Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program is National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist

New Bedford, Mass. – The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies have selected the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program as a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) Finalist. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs that are transforming the lives of young people.

The Museum’s High School Apprenticeship Program provides low-income, academically motivated students access to resources and experiences that deepen community engagement, promote personal and professional development, and cultivate college and career success. The program runs year round, beginning the summer before a student’s sophomore year and continuing through high school graduation. Apprentices develop 21st-century workplace skills while learning about the Museum and its marine science and humanities content. Apprentices also engage in career exploration and college planning activities including college trips, financial aid workshops, and career shadow days. 

Programs that receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award exemplify how arts and humanities programs outside of the regular school day enrich the lives of young people throughout the country by teaching new skills, nurturing creativity, and building self-confidence. These programs offer high-quality, intensive instruction, and provide a safe and productive space for young people in the hours when they are often the most vulnerable. Their carefully focused projects supplement in-school curricula with exposure to a wide variety of artistic and scholastic pursuits.

 “The Apprenticeship Program is a key component of the Museum’s strategic vision. Now in its seventh year, the Program is a cornerstone of the Museum’s educational platform. We are deeply honored to be included among the finalists for this year’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award as we broaden current programs and increase college preparatory services that will, in turn, help apprentices improve their long-term economic and social outcomes,” said James Russell, President and CEO of the Museum. 

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities selected the Whaling Museum’s program from a field of 342 applications from 46 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories. A national jury composed of arts and humanities field experts will notify this year’s award recipients by the end of June. If selected, the Museum’s Apprenticeship Program will receive a $10,000 one-time award and an invitation to accept the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Museum will also have the opportunity to participate in the 14th annual NAHYP Awardee Conference, August 2-4, 2017 in Washington, D.C.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit www.whalingmuseum.org.