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Publicolor was honored at the White House!

First Lady Michelle Obama presents Publicolor Founder+President Ruth Lande Shuman and Publicolor student Elisha Almonte with the prestigious National Arts+Humanities Youth Program Award at The White House on November 10, 2014.

The award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. The awardees—chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists—are also recognized for improving literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.

“You teach kids more than just skills in the arts and humanities – you light a fire in them; you help them grow emotionally and socially,” said Mrs. Obama at the award ceremony. “And as all of you know, that has an impact on our kids not just their success in the arts and in the humanities but on their success in school and in life.”

"There are so many people who made this award possible. I just wish they all could have been there with Elisha and me at the white house," said Ruth Lande Shuman following the award ceremony.

Watch Publicolor receive the award here