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Jamie Lee Curtis, SAMHSA at D.C. Event to Pay Tribute to Youth who have Demonstrated Resilience and Overcome Trauma

Curtis to be joined by Chairman of National Endowment for the Arts, HHS Secretary, and other dignitaries at May 3 tribute event

Washington, DC -- Golden Globe award-winning actress and New York Times bestselling children's book author Jamie Lee Curtis will celebrate the sixth annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day at the "Building Resilience in Young Children Dealing with Trauma" program on May 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. Awareness Day is an annual observance of the importance of caring for every child's mental health sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More than 100 public and private organizations and over 1,000 communities across the country will participate in local events and activities in celebration of Awareness Day.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman will present Curtis with an award for her work on behalf of children together with SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. and Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families Bryan Samuels.

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Emmy award-winning journalist Byron Pitts from CBS Evening News and CBS's 60 Minutes will emcee the tribute event. The program will feature stories of trauma and resilience from youth across the country, as well as live performances by Arcadian Broad from America's Got Talent and students and alumni from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.

An exhibit sponsored by the American Art Therapy Association will be featured at the event with a unique collection of artwork, which includes pieces submitted by children directly impacted by 9/11, The Art of Sybil by Shirley Ardell Mason, children from the Lombardi Cancer Center, and art from The Glass Books Project in conjunction with Witness Justice.

WHAT:           

SAMHSA presents National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2011, "Building Resilience in Young Children Dealing with Trauma"

WHEN:           

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
5-7 p.m., Art Exhibit and Reception
7-9 p.m., Building Resilience in Young Children Dealing with Trauma

WHERE:         

Shakespeare Theatre -- Harman Center for the Arts
610 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C.
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red/Yellow/Green Lines)

HOW:             

To request an interview or attend the event, please contact Rachael Siefert from Vanguard Communications at (202) 248-5466.

TICKETS:         

The event is open to the public; visit www.shakespearetheatre.org to reserve your tickets.

VISUAL:          

Artwork by children directly impacted by 9/11, The Art of Sybil by Shirley Ardell Mason, children from the Lombardi Cancer Center, and art from The Glass Books Project in collaboration with Witness Justice

WEBCAST:      

A live webcast of the event will be available at www.samhsa.gov/children. The webcast will also be available on-demand following the event.

For more information about Awareness Day and to view the list of collaborating organizations, visit www.samhsa.gov/children/.

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SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

The National Endowment for the Arts's Office of Accessibility works to make the arts accessible for people with disabilities, older adults, veterans, and people living in institutions through partnerships, convenings, research, technical assistance, grant support, and publications. For information on accessibility programs at the NEA, go to arts.gov.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.