Michelle Obama to Give Keynote at GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon
First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address at The GRAMMY Museum®'s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on July 16, 2014 at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. The event will honor Southern California-based educator Sunshine Cavalluzzi and six-time GRAMMY® nominee Janelle Monáe. Building on the museum's successful education programs and initiatives, the Jane Ortner Educator Award honors educators who find innovative ways to engage students by integrating music in their classrooms and curricula, and the Jane Ortner Artist Award recognizes an artist's dedication to education through the arts.
"Just like this year's honorees, First Lady Michelle Obama knows firsthand the power that music has to transform the lives of young people," said Bob Santelli, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director. "Having produced seven educational programs at the White House with Mrs. Obama over the last four years, we are deeply honored to host her as the keynote speaker for our Inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon."
First Lady Michelle Obama has made arts and education a top priority. Promoting service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interest. Mrs. Obama's Reach Higher initiative focuses on the importance of pursuing and completing some form of higher education, and encourages students to do their part to answer the President's call to ensure that by the year 2020, America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Under her leadership, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities continues to compile an impressive legacy, conducting major research and policy analysis, and catalyzing important federal cultural programs, both domestic and international. Most recently, Mrs. Obama hosted the first-ever White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, highlighting the schools and communities using the arts to help turnaround some of our most troubled schools.
The GRAMMY Museum has produced annual music education programs for students at the White House as part of the In Performance at the White House series, bringing nearly 1,000 youth to Washington, D.C. for a transformative three-day experience. These programs also reach beyond the State Dining Room where they take place, with countless students watching the live feed from their classrooms across the country.
The Jane Ortner Education Award was created by the GRAMMY Museum in partnership with Charles B. Ortner - prominent entertainment attorney, museum board member and husband to Jane Ortner. Jane Ortner was a devoted and beloved public school teacher who recognized the critical importance of music in the education of students at all levels.
The Jane Ortner Educator Award is unique in that it tasks educators to incorporate music into their core content standard curricula. The Jane Ortner Artist Award recognizes an artist who embodies the Museum's educational mission and shows passion and dedication to education through the arts. Cavalluzzi was chosen to receive the Educator Award based on her innovative Economics lesson plans and Monáe was selected to receive the Artist Award based on her continued commitment to GRAMMY Museum educational programming.
The GRAMMY Museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created as a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG. Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, the one-of-a-kind, 21st century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, with four floors of dynamic and engaging multimedia presentations, and is located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.
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