First Lady Michelle Obama Presents 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardFirst Lady Michelle Obama Presents 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

First Lady Michelle Obama praised the power of the arts to change young people's lives as she presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards to thirteen programs at a ceremony in the White House’s East Room. With help from the heads of each of the program’s federal partners—the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—the First Lady and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities recognized the achievements of these outstanding after-school and out-of-school programs with this nation’s highest honor.

Here is a list of the 2013 recipients:

Art Reach
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Inc., Provincetown, Mass.

Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc.
Boston, MA

  1. CEPA’s Community-Based Youth Education Program
  2. Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts
  3. Buffalo, NY

Fabulous Females/Temporary LockDown
Storycatchers Theatre, Chicago, IL

Ifetayo Youth Ensemble
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Brooklyn, NY

Investigating Where We Live
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

OrchKids: Planting Seeds for a Bright Future
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc., Baltimore

Pearl Bailey Youth Program
Newport News Public Library System, Newport News, Va.

Project AIM
Creative Kids, El Paso, Texas

Project Discovery
Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas

Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Brooklyn, NY

WriteGirl
Community Partners, Los Angeles

International Spotlight

Kuruka Maisha Foundation

Nairobi, Kenya