White House expanding Turnaround Arts program

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Obama administration is expanding its Turnaround Arts program, an initiative designed to bring arts programs to failing schools in an effort to boost student achievement.

The program is a public-private partnership funded in part with $5 million from the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation, among others. The program has been in pilot mode for the past two years in eight schools around the country, where the coin supports the hiring of arts instructors and the integration of arts into core subjects such as reading, math and science.

The expanded program will extend Turnaround Arts funding to 35 schools in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon and Washington D.C. To promote awareness of the effort, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities has enlisted a number of showbiz notables to serve as “Turnaround Artist” reps, including Kerry Washington.

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