NYC Urban Debate League and IUME Recognized by Presidential CommitteeIUME is excited to humbled to announce that New York City Urban Debate League--whom IUME partners with and provides both programming and resources for--has been honors by President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. PCAH, chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, had recognized the New York City Urban Debate League as a Finalist for the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This prestigious award "distinguishes (us) as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country."
More about the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH):
Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange, and creative economy.
Under the leadership of the First Lady and PCAH’s Honorary Chairman, and through the efforts of its federal and private members, the President’s Committee has compiled an impressive legacy over its tenure, conducting major research and policy analysis, and catalyzing important federal cultural programs, both domestic and international. These achievements rely on the President’s Committee’s unique role in bringing together the White House, federal agencies, civic organizations, corporations, foundations and individuals to strengthen the United State’s national investment in its cultural life.
Central to the PCAH mission is using the power of the arts and humanities to contribute to the vibrancy of our society, the education of our children, the creativity of our citizens and the strength of our democracy.Visit the official website for further information.