Materials from Whitehouse.gov Related to the Humanities, 2009-2015 DateTitleAuthorAbout this research project NotesAnalysis white paper URL
11/5/2009"If You Ask a Kid To Dream, He'll Dream."N/A"First Lady Michelle Obama presents youth arts and humanities programs around the world with the Coming Up Taller Award."https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/11/05/if-you-ask-a-kid-dream-hell-dream
5/21/2010Ask Dr. H: "Who Do You Credit For Your Scientific Interests?"John P. HoldrenJohn Holdren advises the president on science, and he discusses the people who influenced his science interests. He gives credit to three teachers, and he recognizes the humanites. This is important because Holdren, a science director in the White House, still recognizes the humanities as a foundation for his scientific interests.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/21/ask-dr-h-who-do-you-credit-your-scientific-interests
10/1/2010Presidential Proclamation -- National Arts and Humanities MonthPresident Obama"Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2010 as National Arts and Humanities Month." This presidential proclamation is consistent throughout every year of Obama's presidency, which reveals Obama's continued interest in the education sector.https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/10/01/presidential-proclamation-national-arts-and-humanities-month
10/20/2010"One Work of Art, One Relationship, One Lifetime at a Time."Kori SchulmanMichelle Obama gives a speech on the humanities and the youth, and discusses the significance of arts and humanities education.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/20/one-work-art-one-relationship-one-lifetime-a-time
10/20/2010What You Missed: Tuesday Talk with the President's Committee on the Arts and HumanitiesKori SchulmanThe White House posted a video covering the Committee on the Arts and Humanities meeting. The committee took questions from Facebook and Whitehouse.gov, ultimately addressing public concerns. These videos, titled "Tuesday Talks," are repetitive throughout Whitehouse.gov.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/10/20/what-you-missed-tuesday-talk-with-presidents-committee-arts-and-humanities
4/8/2011National Endowment for the Humanities: Administrative Directive M-500 - Agency Operations in the Absence of AppropriationsCarole WatsonThe document discusses what the NEH plans to do with the absence of appropriations. It is significant because it shows that the NEH has minimal funding.https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/contingencyplans/neh_12152011_1710.pdf
5/12/2011Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative SchoolsMelody BarnesBarnes writes about the importance of arts in education. She also mentions the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report that discusses arts education in correlation with improving the education system (such as closing the achievement gap).https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/12/reinvesting-arts-education-winning-america-s-future-through-creative-schools
7/25/2011The Arts as Champions of Change in Our SchoolsAmy RasmussenThis Champion of Change segment "explains the multiple ways arts-driven education inspires change and creativity in leaders across the nation." Rasmussen goes on to say that "the arts can serve as a catalyst for change;" "arts educators can serve as leaders in change;" and "arts organizations and teaching artists are agents of change." There are various "Champions of Change" that involve scholars in the humanities, and the award is an ongoing trend throughout Whitehouse.gov.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/25/arts-champions-change-our-schools
7/28/2011Making the Case for Arts EducationScott DawsonDawson explains the significance of bringing awareness to arts programs in schools.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/07/28/making-case-arts-education
8/1/2011Arts Education - Thinking Outside the BoxOmar Epps"Omar Epps, actor and Advisory Board Member of the Creative Coalition, explains that if creative thinking is responsible for the greatest scientific achievements, then integrating arts and innovation into the education system will have a myriad of positive effects."https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/08/01/arts-education-thinking-outside-box
11/2/2011Remarks by the First Lady at the President's Council on Arts and Humanities Youth EventOffice of the First LadyFirst Lady Michelle Obama takes time to recognize the significance of the humanities.https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/02/remarks-first-lady-presidents-council-arts-and-humanities-youth-event
11/15/2011Using the Humanities to Support VeteransJim LeachThe document elabarates on ways that the humanities can "engage and support the veteran community."https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/11/15/using-humanities-support-veterans
11/21/2011RFI: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed PublicationsBarbara FisterA librarian gives the perspective of a small liberal arts university that has little funding for research. "In the face of these costs we have reduced individual journal subscriptions and purchasing books and videos, cuts that are particularly hard on our humanities and social sciences programs."https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/scholarly-pubs-%28%23010%29.pdf
1/1/2012The Federal Budget: Fiscal Year 2012Department of EducationThe Department of Education said, "$835 million to support a well-rounded education, including reading; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and the humanities; and $365 million for efforts to promote school safety, health, and well-being."https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/factsheet_department_education/
1/22/2012FY Consolidated Across-The-Board ReductionHeather HigginbottomIn Fiscal Year 2012, the NEH had an allocated reduction of $234,000.https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/reductions/fy12consolidated_reductions_01_22_12.pdf
2/21/2012Looking Back to Prohibition to Understand the Unique American StoryJim LeachThe NEH chairman advertises the White House's upcoming screening of the documentary Prohibition. The NEH funded the event and set up prominent panelists to discuss the film afterward. Whitehouse.gov streamed the event to reach people across the country.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/21/looking-back-prohibition-understand-unique-american-story
2/22/2012National Student Poets ProgramRonnie ChoNational Student Poets Program attempts to get young people excited about the humanities through poetry workshops, etc.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/02/22/national-student-poets-program
3/19/2012A to Zydeco: Saving the Diversity of American EnglishJudy HavemannThe NEH completed the Dictionary of American Regional English. "The Dictionary, known as DARE, records American speech as it varies from place to place and as it has changed over more than three centuries."https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/03/19/zydeco-saving-diversity-american-english
5/30/2012Exploring Communities of Muslim Women Throughout HistoryJim Leach"The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Office of Public Engagement host a discussion on places and moments in time when communities of Muslim women began to expand their legal rights." This document is significant because it shows that the NEH is active under the Obama administration.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/05/30/exploring-communities-muslim-women-throughout-history
9/5/2012Teaching Is a Gift, Not a JobRaul GarciaRaul Garcia, a writing and humanities teacher at the Boston Arts Academy, is honored as a Champion of Change. As referenced in the previous "Champion of Change" note, Whitehouse.gov gives out the award on numerous occasions.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/05/teaching-gift-not-job
9/27/2012Connecting CommunitiesMichele HovetAnother person is honored with the Champion of Change award. This document is important due to the reason for her award: "We started by focusing on the kids. The City of Arvada is working with the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities to infuse digital, tailor-made, and multi-disciplinary arts into classrooms by using XPRESS CMS with Digital Distance Education Services of Colorado (Digital DESC—pronounced desk). Digital DESC aims to increase access to arts opportunities for students."https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/27/connecting-communities
11/19/2012First Lady Honors National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award RecipientsMegan SlackFirst Lady Michelle Obama honors youth arts and humanities programs.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/19/first-lady-honors-national-arts-and-humanities-youth-program-award-recipients
5/24/2013First Lady Michelle Obama: "I want to urge you guys to keep on working hard every single day."Tina TchenFirst Lady Michelle Obama visits the Savoy School in Anacostia to address the Turnaround Arts Initiative and inspire elementary school students.https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/24/first-lady-michelle-obama-i-want-urge-you-guys-keep-working-hard-every-single-day-0
8/30/2013Fact Sheet: The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global PartnersOffice of the Press Secretary"Arts-based cultural exchanges in the areas of music, literature and the humanities, and museum communities have strengthened ties between American and Estonian societies." This document ultimately draws international ties with the humanities.https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/30/fact-sheet-united-states-and-estonia-nato-allies-and-global-partners
8/30/2013Fact Sheet: The United States and Latvia - NATO Allies and Global PartnersOffice of the Press Secretary"A robust series of cultural exchanges between the United States and Latvia in the fields of music, literature, humanities, and museum communities have strengthened ties between American and Estonian societies. Latvians and Americans share a deep appreciation for music."https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/30/fact-sheet-united-states-and-latvia-nato-allies-and-global-partners
9/30/2013Presidential Proclamation -- National Arts and Humanities Month, 2013President Obama"Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as National Arts and Humanities Month."https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/30/presidential-proclamation-national-arts-and-humanities-month-2013
3/1/2014National Endowment for the Humanities: Promotion of the Humanities - Federal/State PartnershipState Humanities Councils and NEHThe document aims to provide funding to the humanities in every state.https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/OMB/circulars/a133_compliance/2014/neh.pdf
6/10/2014Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of TumblrOffice of the Press Secretary"So a great liberal arts humanities education is still critically important, because in today’s global economy, one of the most important skills you have is your ability to work with people and communicate clearly and effectively," said Obama.https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/10/remarks-president-qa-david-karp-ceo-tumblr
2/27/2015Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard NimoyOffice of the Press SecretaryPresident Obama releases a statement on the passing of Leonard Nimoy. "Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time."https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/27/statement-president-passing-leonard-nimoy
5/20/2015Committee on the Arts and Humanities Announces Expanson of Turnaround Arts ProgramOffice of the First Lady"The newly expanded program is funded through a public-private partnership, providing over $5 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ford Foundation and other private foundations and companies to bring arts education into low-performing schools."https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/20/committee-arts-and-humanities-announces-expansion-turnaround-arts-progra
9/10/2015Remarks by the President at the National Medals of the Arts and Humanities Awards CeremonyPresident ObamaPresident Obama praises the humanites in his speech.https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/11/remarks-president-national-medals-arts-and-humanities-awards-ceremony
 Letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyRobert Nelson, Scott Nesbit, and Digital Scholarship LabThe letter urges the definition of "research" under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to include work within the humanities.https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/scholarly-pubs-%28%23338%29%20u%20of%20r.pdf
 ExpectMore.gov: Javits FellowshipsN/AThe fellowship financially aids students who are in graduate programs expanding across the humanities, social sciences, and more.https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/omb/expectmore/summary/10002104.2004.html