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Turnaround Arts to Continue After Obama Presidency

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May 31, 2016

Turnaround Arts, Michelle Obama’s in-school arts program for underperforming schools, will continue after Obama leaves the White House. According to the Washington Post, the Kennedy Center will take over management of the program, which started five years ago and has since brought music, theater, dance, and visual arts to 49 schools across the country.

The Post article notes that “Turnaround Arts has been a favorite of the first family, now working to cement its legacy as time runs out on President Obama’s administration. Michelle Obama, in particular, has supported projects that link children from less-privileged backgrounds to the arts through events at the White House as well as underwriting arts classes at low-income elementary and middle schools.”

“Both the president and Mrs. Obama are people who love music and had music in their lives all the time,” said Tina Tchen, assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady. “They are both great readers and love literature and have seen how that brings a richer cultural life to a young student.”

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