President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities

Under the chairmanship of First Lady Michelle Obama, PCAH works on behalf of the Administration and with federal cultural agencies to build public-private partnerships that address important policy questions in the arts and humanities. Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange and the creative economy.

In addition to the First Lady, the Committee is composed of both private and public members. The private members are appointed by the President and represent prominent artists, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and state and local public officials who have a demonstrated commitment to the arts and humanities. Its public members include the Chairman of NEA, the Chairman of NEH, the Director of IMLS, the Librarian of Congress, the Secretaries of Education, the Smithsonian Institution, the Departments of Interior and State, as well as other public officials.

Among its decades of work, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) published the landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools in 2011. It was the first federal report in more than a decade to survey the challenges and opportunities in providing arts education to our nation’s children. This report summarized over ten years of research, illustrating the benefits of arts education on academic achievement and student engagement and highlighting the “equity gap” of unequal access to arts education programs in high-poverty schools. The findings of this report inspired the development and design of Turnaround Arts.” to “The findings of this report inspired the development and design of Turnaround Arts, which is administered in partnership with Americans for the Arts.