The GRAMMY Museum hosted the Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon on Wednesday (July 16) in Los Angeles. This year’s honorees included Janelle Monáe, who also performed at the ceremony, and Southern California educator Sunshine Cavalluzzi. The event’s keynote speech was delivered by the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Mrs. Obama spoke about the White House’s dedication to exposing children to music, saying, “[W]hen Barack and I first came to Washington, we decided that it was time to shake things up a little bit. We wanted to do everything we could to make the White House the ‘People’s House.’ We wanted to open it up to as many people in this country as possible, especially our young people. So when we started inviting performers to the White House, as Bob mentioned, we told everyone that we also expected them to spend some time with young people, doing workshops and these wonderful mentoring sessions.”
She went on to say the GRAMMY Museum had flown over a thousand children to view the programs at the White House and given thousand more access to them via video.