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Caldera Honored at the White House

Caldera children's art program honored at White House

Congratulations to Caldera, one of 12 national creative youth development organizations to receive the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Caldera Executive Director Tricia Snell and youth representative Alena Nore accepted the award at a Nov. 17 White House awards ceremony.

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Update from the Americans for the Arts Action Fund

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“By boosting specific funding for [National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)] programmatic grants by $6.75 million,” Arts Action Fund President & CEO Robert Lynch was quoted in the L.A. Times stating, “The White House is sending a clear message that it understands the importance of the creative sector to our communities and the economy.”

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Did You Know…? (Presidents’ Day Edition)

February 17, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Vintage Postcard Washington’s Birthday, H.B. Griggs. Image courtesy of flickr user riptheskull Did you know that the White House is considered a living museum? Roughly 50,000 objects are part of the permanent collection, which includes everything from paintings and sculpture to silverware and furnishings. Did you know that the […]

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Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals

The National Endowment for the Arts recently published “Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals”, the first survey of outdoor arts festivals and examines their make-up, demographics and role in community life.

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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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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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