When first lady Michelle Obama came to Austin for South by Southwest, all attention was on her keynote appearance with Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah and other celebrities. But FLOTUS also made time for some local middle schoolers.
Obama’s group photo with students from Kealing Middle School, provided by Spotify, was taken before the SXSW keynote.
The Spotify-Kealing connection? Equipment from the company’s Spotify House pop-up venue was donated to Kealing post-SXSW to build three studios for the school’s music production program.
“It was one of the most popular programs” between students in Kealing’s magnet and academy programs, said Kerry Steib, the streaming service’s director of social impact. “But they were running it out of a classroom. Totally OK facility, but not something where they could deepen their skills. And also, it could be a community hub within the school where lots of people could come in and record.”
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