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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

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 »

The National Student Poets to Participate in Youth and Poetry Forum in Chicago

The National Student Poets to Participate in Youth and Poetry Forum in Chicago
The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Out Loud’s national competition champions, the 2014 Class of National Student Poets (NSPP) and representatives of poetry slam and spoken word organizations from around the country will convene in Chicago in early April to engage issues around the role of ... Read More »

New Report on Turnaround Arts Points to Success

New Report on Turnaround Arts Points to Success
he President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released the results of an independent study that shows substantial gains in student achievement at schools participating in its Turnaround Arts initiative.  The eight schools’ in the pilot phase of the initiative, ... Read More »

PCAH Celebrates the 2014 NAHYP Award Winners at White House Ceremony

Twelve young people from across the country shared the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama as they accepted the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award on behalf of the after-school programs that have changed their lives. The award recognizes the country’s best creative ... Read More »