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"The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2009-2016: A Legacy of Action" documents how PCAH fulfilled transformation and change envisioned by PCAH’s Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama, particularly in creating opportunities for youth.
"The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2009-2016: A Legacy of Action" documents how PCAH fulfilled transformation and change envisioned by PCAH’s Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama, particularly in creating opportunities for youth.
"Save America's Treasures: Preserving the Legacy of Our National Experience" demonstrates how critical this investment has been in conserving the works of our greatest artists, thinkers, architects, and the places that tell our history.
"Save America's Treasures: Preserving the Legacy of Our National Experience" demonstrates how critical this investment has been in conserving the works of our greatest artists, thinkers, architects, and the places that tell our history.
"A Position Paper on Cultural Tourism in the United States" is a framework for a national strategy on cultural and heritage tourism, which has been a key driver of the creative economy.
"A Position Paper on Cultural Tourism in the United States" is a framework for a national strategy on cultural and heritage tourism, which has been a key driver of the creative economy.

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2009-2016: A Legacy of Action

September 23, 2016

President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2009-2016: A Legacy of Action highlights the results of the synergy of collaboration the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) forged with the private sector and each of the cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—over the last eight years, catalyzing groundbreaking initiatives in arts education like Turnaround Arts and expanding legacy programs like the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The transformation and change envisioned by PCAH’s Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama came about through the individual and collective creativity and energy of PCAH Members. Together, this President’s Committee built model programs that were similar to, but different than anything that had come before in nurturing the talents, aspirations, and knowledge of our nation’s youth.

Turnaround Arts Phase 1 Final Evaluation: Full Report

January 22, 2015

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) released the results of an independent study that shows substantial gains in student achievement at schools participating in its Turnaround Arts initiative. The eight schools in the pilot phase of the initiative showed increases in reading and math scores, as well as increases in attendance and decreases in suspensions, demonstrating that the program’s use of the arts is having a measureable impact on low-performing schools by increasing student engagement and narrowing the achievement gap. 

Turnaround Arts Progress Report 2013

November 26, 2013

Following recommendations in its landmark report, Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, PCAH launched Turnaround Arts as a pilot program in April of 2012. Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership that aims to test the hypothesis that strategically implementing high-quality and integrated arts education programming in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools adds significant value to school-wide reform. This report is the first in the two-year evaluation of Turnaround Arts, which is being conducted via a pro-bono agreement with Booz Allen Hamilton. The purpose of the evaluation is both to capture descriptive aspects of the use of high-quality and integrated arts education and to evaluate the hypothesis that strategically implementing high-quality and integrated arts education programming in these schools adds significant value to school-wide reform.

Re-Investing In Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools

May 6, 2011

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announces the release of its landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools. The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state, and local policymakers. A summary of the report is here.

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2001-2008

June 1, 2008

This publication highlights the synergy of collaborations the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) forged with each of the cultural agencies—NEA, NEH, and IMLS  between 2001-2008, opening new opportunities for international cultural relations from expanding programs with Mexico to catalyzing groundbreaking initiatives with China to launching new programs like AFI Project: 20/20. In addition, the book documents how the PCAH moved the White House interests forward in youth arts and humanities learning by expanding Coming Up Taller, in preservation by raising the profile of Save America’s Treasures, and in special initiatives like the National Medals by making it a White House signature event.

The Position Paper on Cultural & Heritage Tourism

October 1, 2005

The Position Paper on Cultural & Heritage Tourism in the United States was developed by PCAH with help from than more than 100 leaders representing travel, tourism, business, arts, humanities, natural resources, and government and endorsed by the delegates to the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Summit. This framework for a national strategy reflects the dramatic growth in cultural and heritage tourism since the landmark 1995 Cultural Tourism in the United States white paper created by PCAH and a coalition representing the arts, historic preservation, humanities organizations, and the federal cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Save America's Treasures Preserving the Legacy of our National Experience

May 1, 2005

Save America’s Treasures Preserving the Legacy of our National Experience demonstrates how successful and critical this program’s relatively small investment has been in rescuing, restoring and conserving our nation’s cultural and historic treasures. Through twelve detailed briefs, the report outlines the breadth of our nation’s cultural and historic patrimony, as well as the magnitude of its vulnerability. One result highlighted by this publication is that Save America’s  galvanized a whole host of citizens to invest in and care for many irreplaceable national treasures.