First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 3:03 PM

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.

The first lady made the remarks Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon.

She said the arts can transform fear and frustration into something meaningful, productive and beautiful, which all human beings need. Obama said 6 million American children attend schools with no art or music classes.

Southern California high school teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi received the Jane Ortner Education Award at the private luncheon at L.A. Live's Club Nokia for incorporating music into economics lessons.

Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae accepted the Jane Ortner Artist Award, and followed with a high-energy set that included a cover of James Brown's "I Feel Good."

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