Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Today, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) will expand its successful Turnaround Arts initiative into five additional school districts, as the program continues to successfully help turn around low-performing schools, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student engagement through the arts. The program is administered in partnership with Americans for the Arts.

On average, Turnaround Arts schools showed a 23% improvement in math proficiency and a 13% increase in reading proficiency over three years, as well as showing reductions of up to 86% in student disciplinary issues and sharply increased attendance.

The newly expanded program is funded through a public-private partnership, receiving over $5 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ford Foundation and other private foundations and companies to bring arts education into low-performing schools. The PCAH co-chairs, George Stevens Jr. and Margo Lion, also announced a number of new "Turnaround Artists" today, who will work to support individual school's education goals, including Paula Abdul, David Blaine, Misty Copeland, Cameron Diaz, Carla Dirlikov, and more.

To read more about the expanded Turnaround Arts initiative, see their press release here