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Turnaround Arts Officially Launched as Program of Kennedy Center

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Nov 15, 2016

On November 15, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) announced that Turnaround Arts has officially become a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with PCAH. According to PCAH, “this partnership guarantees that Turnaround Arts, created by the President's Committee in 2011, is positioned for sustainability and steady expansion under the experienced stewardship of the Kennedy Center.”

Turnaround Arts launched with eight pilot schools to test the theory that strategic use of the arts can be employed as effective education reform to transform struggling schools. Five years later, the program is 68-schools strong with another 20 coming on in fall 2017. By then it will reach more than 40,000 students across the nation. Turnaround Arts has influenced policy and public opinion, with convincing data from their pilot schools often referenced in the debate on national education policy.

According to PCAH, “today's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reflects what our program demonstrates every day, that the arts are integral to a ‘well rounded education.’”

Visit the Turnaround Arts website for more information on the program.
 

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