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CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS ANNOUNCED AS PART OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ‘TURNAROUND ARTS’ PARTNERSHIP

Originally posted by: California Arts Council Newsroom
May 20, 2014


President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Launches ‘Turnaround Arts’ at Special White House Ceremony Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama

For distinguished arts education advocates Frank Gehry and Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, their arrival today in Washington, D.C. signals a new day, and renewed hope, for ten California elementary schools among the lowest performing in the state.

Gehry and Feruzzi Shriver are headed to the White House to take part in the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) launch being hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The First Lady will welcome state affiliates to the Turnaround Arts program of which a handful of states were accepted, with California having the largest statewide affiliate program to date.

Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership launched by the White House in 2012 designed to help failing schools develop and implement high quality arts education that will be used specifically to effectively address and turnaround the pervasive and persistent problems found in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools. By using the arts as a tool in failing schools’ turnaround efforts, students are strategically engaged while they learn 21st century skills critical to their success.

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