During the Summer of 2023, Channing Labonté '24 enrolled in a two-week intensive program at the Harlem School of The Arts. While there, his talent was noticed, and he was invited to join the HSA Prep Program for Visual Arts. “HSA Prep is a highly selective, pre-professional scholarship program providing students ages 12–18 with advanced level arts training in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts.” Every student in this program had to be invited to join. He is honored to be among the talented individuals in this program. Because he lives on Long Island, HSA tailored his program so that he can take classes on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He takes Techniques in Visual Arts, Advanced Animation, and Painting on Walls: The Art of Creating Murals. In October, his mural class unveiled their artwork at Wollman Rink in Central Park.
In September, HSA had the honor of receiving the 2023 Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists Award. The President and CEO, James Horton, was presented with this award by The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 67th Secretary of State of the United States and U.S. International Advisor for the Praemium Imperiale at a ceremony hosted by First Lady Jill Biden and held at the White House.