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2017 Milestone Award

Katie Rainey

Katie Rainey, STAFF

Congratulations, Michele! Recipient of the National Guild's 2017 Milestone Award!

The National Guild for Community Arts Education has awarded Michele Kotler, Community-Word Project's Founder and Executive Director, a Milestone Award for her dedication to serving the arts education field. The National Guild recognizes extraordinary leaders for their contributions to arts education at their annual Conference for Community Arts Education.

Twenty years ago Michele founded Community-Word Project to inspire children in NYC schools to think critically, creatively, and become active citizens for positive change in their communities. She also set out to enrich the arts education field by equipping teaching artists with the tools to teach in NYC's underserved, hard-hit communities. She believes that every student has a voice and her mission has been to help them find that voice and discover what is uniquely alive inside of them.

Congratulations, Michele! Community-Word Project's students, teaching artists, and the field arts education are better because of your incredible efforts. Here's to 20 more years of CWP! 

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