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First Lady Michelle Obama Presents 2010 NAHYP Awards

“You’ve seen how the arts and humanities can broaden their horizons and help them discover a talent or a mission or a sense of purpose that they never knew they had.” -First Lady Michelle Obama National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards 2010

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The White House’s Tuesday Talk series featured the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

“The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power — to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will.” — Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama Promotes Arts Education

First Lady Promotes Arts Education | Originally Published in the Washington Post 07/21/2010

“In a White House where First Lady Michelle Obama’s relationship to the arts strives to be both rarefied and common, cerebral, and pragmatic, the cultural program is dictated by tradition, personal life story…and an unabashed desire to shake things up.Information does not always come through the tried-and-true institutional channels. And many of the honored guests invited to gilded East Room soirees are not even old enough to vote.

On [July 19], the president and first lady hosted the sixth installment in the White House Music Series: Broadway. As usual, there was an afternoon youth workshop. Dozens of students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts gathered for a dance lesson from Jerry Mitchell, the award-winning choreographer of Hairspray. They had only about six hours of rehearsal at the Joy of Motion Dance Center in Northeast Washington

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