Turnaround Arts uses the arts to create success in schools. The program was founded in 2011 under the Obama Administration. It is now led by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and together with local partners, connects high-quality arts education resources with struggling schools to help improve attendance, parent engagement, student motivation, and academic achievement.
In New York City, The Fund for Public Schools, NYC Department of Education, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs are collaborating to support four schools through the Turnaround Arts program. These schools were competitively selected according to national guidelines which included demonstrated need and opportunity, strong school leadership with district support, and a commitment to arts education:
- P.S./I.S. 165 Ida Posner
- P.S./I.S. 284 Gregory Jackson
- Ebbets Field Middle School
- East Flatbush Community Research School
The heart of the program is a collaboration with school communities that strategically targets services and resources to address larger school challenges. Over the course of the three-year partnership, the program works closely with each school to help build arts education programming that is rigorous, effective and integrated holistically into the culture of the school.
Partner schools receive an array of arts education services and resources designed to increase opportunities for success, build an extended community and raise the visibility of achievements, including:
- Art supplies
- Musical education materials
- Licensing rights and kits for school musicals
- Instructional resources
- Professional learning facilitated by leaders in the field
"When you work hard and tap into the power of the arts, you can be anything you want to be. I hope to inspire my students at P.S. 284 to dream and focus, to have confidence and strength. Isn't this what we want for all children?"
- Misty Copeland, Turnaround Artist
"Bringing arts into classrooms is a critical piece of improving our struggling schools and raising student achievement. With the arts, students learn to think creatively, become more engaged in their schoolwork, and find productive passions and hobbies. I look forward to this incredible experience for our students, and I know this program is going to help them thrive in and out of the classroom."
- Chancellor Carmen Fariña
National partners in Turnaround Arts include the U.S. Department of Education, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and AOL Charitable Foundation, Crayola, Ford Foundation, The Herb Alpert Foundation, JCPenny Cares, The Keith Haring Foundation, Inc., Little Kids Rock, Musical Theatre International, NAMM Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Laird Norton Family Foundation, iTheatrics, Wolf Trapp Foundation for the Performing Arts. The program is administered in partnership with Americans for the Arts.
For more information, contact:
Alexa Fairchild, Local Program Director, AFairchild2@schools.nyc.gov or 212-513-9316
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