From the White House:

Michelle Obama presents the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards (NAHYP). 15 programs around the country received awards for their excellence in fostering creativity & intellectual development & changing the lives of America’s youth.

Michelle Obama praises arts organizations: You’re showing our students that each of them has something valuable to contribute to this life. And you’re opening their eyes to a world of possibility that awaits them –- one work of art, one relationship, one lifetime at a time.”

Watch at least the first 6 minutes of the video to see the First Lady’s full introductory speech! Leave ATG a comment and let us know your thoughts on the issues that she addresses.

*Also worth the watch: the President’s Committee on Arts & Humanities holds a live chat discussion on arts & arts education with artist Chuck Close and ballet dancer Damian Woetzel in honor of National Arts and Humanities Month!

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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