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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

First Lady Michelle Obama Honors 2016 NAHYP Award Winners at White House Ceremony

First Lady Michelle Obama Honors 2016 NAHYP Award Winners at White House Ceremony
First Lady Michelle Obama recognized and celebrated twelve young people from across the country on behalf of the award-winning creative youth development programs in which they participate. The children and teens represented the twelve after-school and out-of-school-time programs that received ... Read More »

PCAH Cuban Delegation Artist Joshua Bell and Chamber Orchestra of Havana Perform at Lincoln Center

PCAH Cuban Delegation Artist Joshua Bell and Chamber Orchestra of Havana Perform at Lincoln Center
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, PBS’  Live From Lincoln Center will broadcast Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba on 16 December 2017. Last April, Bell was an artist member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Cultural Delegation to Cuba, the first official ... Read More »

PCAH Honors National Medals Winners

PCAH Honors National Medals Winners
In a ceremony at the White House, ten National Medals for the Arts and twelve 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 ... Read More »

PCAH and Save America's Treasures Honors National Preservation Day

PCAH and Save America's Treasures Honors National Preservation Day
Fifty years ago today, September 23, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 was signed into law by President Johnson. The President’s Committee and its federal partners the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum ... Read More »

New Class of National Student Poets Announced by the White House

New Class of National Student Poets Announced by the White House
In a private ceremony at the White House, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Honorary Chair Michelle Obama presented the fifth class of National Student Poets with their pins, signifying their role as poetry ambassadors for the coming year and identifying them as ... Read More »