Welcome to the The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

The President’s Committee bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation and excellence in the arts and humanities and helps incorporate these disciplines into White House objectives under our Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Photo by Andrea Dylewski
Education Slide

The President’s Committee believes that the arts and humanities should be part of the education of every child in America. The PCAH honors organizations and supports initiatives that give young people the opportunity to experience the mastery, discipline and accomplishment that is part of being an artist and scholar.

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Photo by Michael JN Bowles
Cultural Exchange Slide

International cultural exchange and cooperation in a increasingly interconnected world is more important than ever. By fostering those connections with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, the President’s Committee seeks to share ideas, broaden understanding of the riches of cultural traditions from around the world and expand cooperation to sustain and nurture artists, scholars, performers and institutions.

Video still from Throw Down Your Heart
Video still from Throw Down Your Heart
Creative Economy Slide

Arts, humanities and heritage resources and their creative workers are a key to healthy, vibrant communities, increasing their competitiveness as places to live, work and visit. Festivals, galleries, studios, historic sites and buildings and a wealth of other cultural and historic assets are integral to the identity of communities and neighborhoods. The President's Committee focuses its leadership on the value of civic investment in these critical resources.

Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC
Photo by B. Krist for GPTMC
Special Events Slide

A healthy cultural climate requires dedicated citizens and civic leadership. The President’s Committee embodies that principle as a dynamic link between the public and private sectors, which is used to support activities that recognize distinguished artists and humanists, as well as celebrate the diversity of American culture as a source of strength.

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Photo by Tony Brown

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Jazz Appreciation Month

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are hosting a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center for the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters. During the concert, four individuals whose creativity, passion, and hard work have contributed to the continuing vibrancy of jazz will be recognized with our nation's highest honor in jazz. Paying tribute to these great musicians will be some of the worlds most renowned and emerging musicians.

New Report on Turnaround Arts Points to Success

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, ... Read More »

Megan Beyer Appointed as the New Executive Director by the White House

President Barack Obama has appointed Megan Beyer to serve as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). Beyer is a distinguished communications professional with experience in education policy, arts advocacy and early childhood literacy. The ... Read More »

PCAH Celebrates the 2015 NAHYP Award Winners at White House Ceremony

With First Lady Michelle Obama and 200 people in attendance in the East Room of the White House, 14-year-old Andre Massey spoke eloquently about his struggles to be good student in a Savannah public school. The turning point in his life came when he started writing poetry in workshop at the Deep ... Read More »

Class of 2015 National Poets Announced by First Lady Michelle Obama

In a private ceremony at the White House, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) Honorary Chair Michelle Obama presented the fourth class of National Student Poets with their pins, signifying their role as poetry ambassadors for the coming year and identifying them as ... Read More »
Paula Hannaway Crown

Re-investing in Arts Education: A Chicago Conversation

July 11, 2012 – Paula Hannaway Crown

Last fall, my husband Jim and I hosted a conversation on arts education in Chicago. One of four such conversations held around the country, the evening was designed to bring together thought leaders, administrators, philanthropists and members of President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) to discuss the national imperative of arts education and the PCAH’s landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools. We were pleased to have co-chair Margo Lion, Vice Chair Mary Schmidt Campbell, and fellow PCAH members Damian Woetzel, Yo-Yo Ma, and Howard Gottleib join us for this important evening. Joining them were an impressive list of local academics and educators including: the head of Chicago Public Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard; President Walter Massey of the School of the Art Institute; President Robert Zimmer of the University of Chicago; Timothy Knowles of the Urban Education Initiative; and Deborah Rutter of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also joining us were a group of prominent civic leaders including Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert, Caryn and King Harris, Penny Sebring and Chuck Lewis, Julie and Brian Simmons, ... Read More »
Margo Lion

President's Committee Honored with National Award for Arts Education

October 27, 2011 – Margo Lion

On October 17 at their Gala Dinner in New York City, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) honored the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities with the Arts Education Award.  George Stevens, Jr,. Rachel Goslins, Liz Manne, Ken Solomon and Damian Woetzel joined me for the festivities, which also celebrated artists Frank Stella (Lifetime Achievement Award), Jenny Holzer (Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award) and Gabourey Sidibe (Bell Family Foundation Young Artist Award).   Americans for the Arts (AFTA) really knows how to host an event, and this night was no exception. The evening was buzzing with lively conversation about the role of the arts—in education, in strengthening community and in economic development.  Given the enthusiastic response to our landmark report, Re-investing in Arts Education: Winning America's Future, AFTA chose arts education as a major theme for the evening.  It was deeply gratifying to hear echoed again and again the importance of our research and recommendations to those working tirelessly in the trenches.  There was an especially exciting moment when Stephen Jones, ... Read More »

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First Lady Melania Trump

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The President’s Committee’s success in engaging the public and private sectors depends on the expertise and leadership of its private and federal members, who embody and represent the diverse elements of the cultural sector.

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