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Michelle Obama and the Turnaround Arts Program

By David Johnson, Event Marketing Intern

In collaboration with the White House and the Education Department, the Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities created a “Turnaround Arts” program as an experiment two years ago. They selected eight poorly performing elementary and middle schools to test the theory that arts education can help improve student outcomes and create more positive learning environments.

The early results were very encouraging and committee heads announced that they were quadrupling the program to 35 schools this year.

Michelle Obama, a strong supporter of arts education, stated “The Turnaround Arts program has exceeded not just our expectations, but our wildest hopes and dreams…Math and reading scores have gone up in these schools, attendance is up, enrollment is up, parent engagement is up, suspensions have plummeted and two of the schools in our pilot improved so dramatically that they are no longer in turnaround status.”

This is another great example of how arts education can really impact younger children’s learning behaviors in just a short amount of time. (Picture below is a quote we have on the wall in our Arts for Learning conference room).

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October 20, 2014

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