Pitzer College Native American Youth Program Receives $10,000 Grant

NAPC_LogoClaremont, Calif. (April 12, 2013) – Pitzer College’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College program was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF). The NACF’s California Bridge Initiative Arts + Health program supports projects that use art to enhance the health of Native youth.

“The organizations awarded 2013 California Bridge Initiative Arts + Health grants have planned innovative ways to address the physical health and well-being of Native youth through the creation of artwork or participation in arts practice,” said NACF Program Director Reuben Roqueñi.

Pitzer’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College program is a two-week, on-campus college life experience designed to inspire Native youth to graduate high school and continue their studies at a higher education institution. Hosted in association with Western University of Health Sciences, the program includes academic and creative writing, computer literacy, multidisciplinary arts workshops and a class on health sciences and Native American community wellness.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has awarded $1,382,000 in grants to 71 Native artists and organizations in 20 states. Created in 2009, NACF is a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures.

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