First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). First Lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs six-time Grammy nominee singer Janelle Monae  at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). First Lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs six-time Grammy nominee singer Janelle Monae at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Six-time Grammy nominee singer Janelle Monae performs at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Six-time Grammy nominee singer Janelle Monae performs at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). First lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs Janelle Monae, a Grammy Award-nominated singer after delivering remarks at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). First lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs Janelle Monae, a Grammy Award-nominated singer after delivering remarks at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Six-time Grammy nominee singer Janelle Monae performs at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). Six-time Grammy nominee singer Janelle Monae performs at the Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon in Los Angeles Wednesday, July, 16, 2014.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

    Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:32 AM EDT2014-07-25 06:32:54 GMT
    Authorities hope to learn if a psychiatrist had concerns about a patient who allegedly killed a case worker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital before the doctor pulled out his own gun to protect himself.More >>
    Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.More >>
  • Ohio State band marches on after director's firing

    Ohio State band marches on after director's firing

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 06:12:24 GMT
    The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they're performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff.More >>
    The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director; a day after he was fired they're performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff.More >>
  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:03 AM EDT2014-07-25 06:03:40 GMT
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures.More >>
    It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures.More >>
By SANDY COHEN
AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education.

Six million American children attend schools with no art or music classes, she said Wednesday at the museum's inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon.

"Arts are a way to channel ... pain and frustration into something meaningful and productive and beautiful, and every human being needs that, particularly our kids," she said. "And when they don't have that outlet, that's such a tremendous loss, not just for our kids but for our nation."

The Grammy Museum has worked with the first lady since 2009 to produce concerts and music education programs for young people, bringing 1,000 students to Washington, D.C. to see live performances.

"Those are some of my favorite events at the White House," Obama said.

The Grammy Museum has focused on education since it opened in 2008, said executive director Bob Santelli. It aims to inspire learning, creativity and critical thinking through music. The museum hosts more than 35,000 students a year and provides free curricula for various subjects that incorporate music in innovative ways.

Southern California high school teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi developed one such curriculum: weaving music into economics lessons. She was accompanied by several of her students at the private luncheon at L.A. Live's Club Nokia, where she accepted the Jane Ortner Education Award.

Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae, who received the Jane Ortner Artist Award, said music saved her when she was growing up in a rough neighborhood.

"Music helped me really deal with my emotions, when I could not articulate how frustrated I was," she said. "It gave me the opportunity to get it all out."

Her latest album, 2013's "The Electric Lady," rails against sexism, presenting women as subjects rather than objects.

The 28-year-old entertainer is active with the Grammy Museum's educational outreach, entertaining students at the White House and at the museum.

"I hope we have more mentors," Monae said. "More mentors than superstars."

After accepting her microphone-shaped trophy, she brought out her band and performed a high-energy four-song set that included a cover of James Brown's "I Feel Good."

The first lady introduced the petite, pompadoured Monae, calling her a "fireplug" and a friend, and revealing that the singer danced on a table during her White House performance.

"I love Janelle's message," Obama said. "I love that she is one of the young artists here that is making music that means something."

___

Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .

___

Online:

http://www.grammymuseum.org/

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.