Michelle Obama to recognize Brooklyn cultural arts academy

November 22, 2013 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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First Lady Michelle Obama will invite Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, one of the 12 winners of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to the White House to recognize their effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts or humanities. The award ceremony will take place Friday at 2:30 p.m. and be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov.

Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, a community-based organization from Brooklyn have been chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists to receive the highest honor awarded to such programs in the United States. Obama will recognize Ifetayo in using engagement in the arts and the humanities to generate a wide range of outcomes, including increases in academic achievement, graduation rates and college enrollment, as well as improvements in literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills and cultural awareness.

The ceremony will include a live performance of African dance and drum by the Ifetayo Youth Ensemble of Brooklyn and a speech by a member of Project AIM, an arts program for hospitalized children fighting cancer in El Paso, Texas, two of this year’s awardees.

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