As part of its Champions of Change initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities, the White House recently hosted 14 Arts Education Champions to discuss the importance of the arts in the education of every child and to share the accomplishments of their schools, programs, and organizations. The group included artists, teachers, principals, superintendents, and arts education organizational leaders. Among the school districts and arts education organizations that attended the July 19 event, several are recipients of Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grants.
In July, OII staff from Promise Neighborhoods participated in the Neighborhood Revitalization Conference, hosted by the United Neighborhood Centers of America. The conference featured the release of Building Neighborhoods of Opportunity, a report from the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which highlights key lessons from organizations that are revitalizing neighborhoods across the country.