The awardees were recognized by Mrs. Obama for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to generate a wide range of positive outcomes, including increases in academic achievement; growth in graduation and college enrollment rates; and improvements in literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.
First Lady Michelle Obama recognized WMCAT for its Teen Arts + Tech Program, which is a best practice, out-of-school time experience that engages high school students in the practical application of design thinking through hands-on learning in arts and tech labs.
Award Details: First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Speakers included: First Lady Michelle Obama, PCAH Honorary Chairman, PCAH Co-Chairmen George Stevens Jr. and Margo Lion, and PCAH Vice-Chairman Mary Schmidt Campbell.
(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)