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Since 2004, Willamette Week has given the Skidmore Prize to four people 35 or under in recognition of the significant work they do with non-profits in the community. The prize is inspired by the inscription on the fountain that reads, "Good Citizens Are the Riches of a City."
This year the four non-profits focus on kids and the arts. PHAME is an arts organization aimed at creating opportunities and community for those 17 or older who have a developmental or physical disability. The Circus Project teaches circus and performing arts to at-risk youth. My Voice Music provides music opportunities to troubled kids. Friends of the Children mentors disadvantaged children — committing to them for 12 years, starting in 1st grade. We'll talk with Ian Mouser of My Voice Music and Tammecha Turner with Friends of the Children about what drew them to their chosen work and what they've observed working so closely with kids in need.
Have you worked with any of the non-profits highlighted by the Skidmore Prize? What was your experience with them? What questions do you have for the prize winners?