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National Building Museum recognized for its youth arts program

It may be the National Building Museum, but the NBM's "Investigating Where We Live" arts program is nothing if not local. The seven-year-old program brings middle-school and high-school students in D.C. to the museum for a summer program where the teens explore a D.C. neighborhood through photography. They learn about the history of a neighborhood through its buildings and explain what the neighborhood means to them. The culmination of the project is a museum exhibition that they design and install that remains on display for a year.

On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to  "Investigating Where We Live" and 11 other arts programs chosen from more than 350 nominations. The award was given to "Investigating Where We Live" for " its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts and humanities."

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