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Michelle Obama's 2010 White House garden fall harvest today

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below, from the White House....



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

11:00 AM: First Lady Michelle Obama, the honorary chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), will speak about the importance of after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities education by hosting the PCAH's National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards - the country's highest honor in this field. The awards focus national attention on exemplary programs currently fostering the creative and intellectual development of America's youth through education, and practical experience in the arts and the humanities. And, on Wednesday, awards will be given to 15 successful programs across the country that reach underserved youth. In addition to the First Lady's and PCAH members' involvement, the ceremony will also include PCAH cultural agency partners: the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and be complemented by select performances from awardees. This event will be livestreamed starting at 11:00 AM at

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award recipients include: the After-School Playwriting Program; Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP); Center for Community Partnerships Community Schools Initiative; Community MusicWorks; Fine Arts for Children and Teens (FACT) After-School Programs; Girlstories Theatre Project and Workshops; Mentors of Minorities in Education: The After School Program; New Directions YouthArts; Project ALERTA; RiverzEdge Arts; Project San Francisco; WritersCorps; Scripps Academy; Transforming the Lives of High Risk Youth; Urban Voices; YouthCAN; and the Jean Baptiste Dessaix Music School in Jacmel, Haiti.

This event held in the East Room at 11:00 AM will be open press but credentialing has already closed.


4:15 PM: Also on Wednesday, the First Lady will host students from local Washington, D.C. schools to participate in the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest. As part of her Let's Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity, Mrs. Obama will speak about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, and will share with these young people lessons about where their food comes from and how that impacts their health. At the harvest, Mrs. Obama will emphasize her Chefs Move to School program, by inviting students from Tubman Elementary, the school which White House chefs have adopted. Students from Bancroft Elementary, a long-term partner in Mrs. Obama's work on the garden, will also participate in the harvest. Special fall harvest guests will include world renowned chefs, Daniel Boulud and James Kent, also tapped to represent the United States at the prestigious 2011 International Bocuse d'Or cooking competition, informally dubbed the "Olympics of cooking." The Bocuse d'Or chefs are committed to the Chefs Move to School initiative through culinary mentorship.

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I love the focus and the energy! Great reporting on this issue. The First Lady has really brought this to the national stage and not a day too soon i say!!!

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