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First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).
First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson).
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

First Lady Michelle Obama Presents 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

First Lady Michelle Obama praised the power of the arts to change young people's lives as she presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards to thirteen programs at a ceremony in the White House’s East Room. With help from the heads of each of the program’s federal partners—the ... Read More »

President Barack Obama Appoints Seven Members to the President's Committee

President Barack Obama appointed seven new members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. They will join 30 other private members appointed by the President and twelve federal representatives, whose agencies have cultural programs such as the National Endowments for the ... Read More »

Save America’s Treasures Restores Another Icon of the African-American Experience

Save America’s Treasures Restores Another Icon of the African-American Experience
A 77-ton, vintage Pullman rail car was recently lifted by two massive cranes into the construction pit of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture. The shrink wrapped Jim-Crow era railway car’s placement in the museum, which will be built around it, culminated almost two ... Read More »

PCAH Announces New Grants to Stimulate Inclusion of the Arts with Math and Science

In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is collaborating with Ovation, America’s only arts network, and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to introduce the second annual ... Read More »

Second Annual Class of National Student Poets Appointed

Second Annual Class of National Student Poets Appointed
On September 20 in a private ceremony, the President’s Committee Honorary Chair Michelle Obama presented the second class of National Student Poets with their pins, signifying their role as poetry ambassador for the next year. “What these young people learn through reading and writing poetry ... Read More »