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First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2014 National Student Poets from left: Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark in the Blue Room of the White House, Sept. 18, 2014. Photo by Paul Morse
First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2014 National Student Poets from left: Cameron Messinides, Madeleine LeCesne, Ashley Gong, Julia Falkner and Weston Clark in the Blue Room of the White House, Sept. 18, 2014. Photo by Paul Morse
First Lady Michelle Obama concentrates on painting with help from young people from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling during a community service project dedicated to military service families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)
First Lady Michelle Obama concentrates on painting with help from young people from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling during a community service project dedicated to military service families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steele C. G. Britton)
President Obama presents author Philip Roth with a National Humanities medal. Roth was one of 20 arts and humanities medalists to be honored for their achievements and contributions to the nation. Photo by Tony Browm
President Obama presents author Philip Roth with a National Humanities medal. Roth was one of 20 arts and humanities medalists to be honored for their achievements and contributions to the nation. Photo by Tony Browm
A visual reminder of Butte’s mining and labor heritage, which played a key role in America's emergence as an industrial nation. This mineyard headframe is one of 8 that will be restored with a 2010 Save America’s Treasures grant.
A visual reminder of Butte’s mining and labor heritage, which played a key role in America's emergence as an industrial nation. This mineyard headframe is one of 8 that will be restored with a 2010 Save America’s Treasures grant.
Film Forward Filmmaker Vikram Motwane discusses his film  Udaan with audience members in Tunis. Udaan was one of four Film Forward films shown in Tunisia in December as part of this cultural engagement program.
Film Forward Filmmaker Vikram Motwane discusses his film Udaan with audience members in Tunis. Udaan was one of four Film Forward films shown in Tunisia in December as part of this cultural engagement program.
The PCAH, the Smithsonian and the NEA, NEH and IMLS launch an effort to save Haiti's artworks, archives and artifacts. Photo by Ken Solomon
The PCAH, the Smithsonian and the NEA, NEH and IMLS launch an effort to save Haiti's artworks, archives and artifacts. Photo by Ken Solomon

Megan Beyer Appointed as the New Executive Director by the White House

President Barack Obama has appointed Megan Beyer to serve as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). Beyer is a distinguished communications professional with experience in education policy, arts advocacy and early childhood literacy. The ... Read More »

PCAH Celebrates the 2015 NAHYP Award Winners at White House Ceremony

PCAH Celebrates the 2015 NAHYP Award Winners at White House Ceremony
With First Lady Michelle Obama and 200 people in attendance in the East Room of the White House, 14-year-old Andre Massey spoke eloquently about his struggles to be good student in a Savannah public school. The turning point in his life came when he started writing poetry in workshop at the Deep ... Read More »

PCAH Honors the 2014 National Medals Winners

In a ceremony at the White House, eleven National Medals for the Arts and ten National Humanities Medals were presented by President Barack Obama to legendary artists, renowned scholars, musicians, historians, actors and institutions. The awards honor extraordinary contributions to the arts and ... Read More »

Turnaround Arts Adds New School Districts and Expands Focus to Early Childhood Learning

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) will expand its successful Turnaround Arts initiative into five additional school districts, as the program continues to successfully help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap and increase student ... Read More »

National Student Poets Bring Poetry to Life for Audiences During National Poetry Month

National Student Poets Bring Poetry to Life for Audiences During National Poetry Month
Since the National Student Poets Program (NSPP) launched the class of 2014 last September, these five teenage poets have  been actively participating in readings and workshops at locations, ranging from the White House to literary festivals to schools to local libraries, and more. By ... Read More »