National Award Honors Fine Arts Camp


This week has been an exciting one for the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. On Monday morning, Roger Schmidt and student representative TJ Agne received the 2007 Coming Up Taller award from First Lady Laura Bush in a ceremony at the White House. Roger and TJ traveled to Washington to attend the ceremony as well as meet with Alaska representatives including Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens. This was TJ’s first trip to the Lower 48, and both he and Roger mingled with the other recipients of the Coming Up Taller award. This year, there were 15 awardees out of a total field of over 350 applicants. The Coming Up Taller award is the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs and includes national publicity as well as a financial award. For more information on Coming up Taller, please visit the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities at

Raven Radio (KCAW-FM) ran a story on the camp on Monday – here is a link for listening online:

The Sitka Sentinel also ran a story. Other media coverage includes a story this coming Friday in the Juneau Empire as well as stories in Kodiak and Homer’s papers.

This past August I went to Washington to attend a workshop about preparing for the Coming Up Taller ceremony (we had to keep news of the award under wraps for many months). I enjoyed meeting the other recipients and felt that the camp was in wonderful, accomplished company. Perhaps Roger will share some highlights from the trip in coming weeks.



3 responses to “National Award Honors Fine Arts Camp

  1. This is so cool! Go Fine Arts Camp, and all you guys who put so much hard work into it! Funnily enough, Laura Bush commending camp doesn’t make me like camp more (how would that be possible?)… makes me like Laura Bush more.

  2. To all the hard workers and especially my hat off to my nephew, Roger Schimit….yea, what an honor to you, Roger, and your team. I am so proud of you, what you have very hard you have worked with young people. I bet you and all the others are on cloud nine and deservedly so. A great picture with First Lady Laura Bush..wowowo….awesome!…and a new music hall for summer session 2008. Blessings, Louise, Michelle, Kane and Rowan in Oregon

  3. Roger! Congratulations. What wonderful recognition for SFAC.

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