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White House Committee Selects BCPS in Expansion of Turnaround Arts Program

Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Celebrities Cameron Diaz, John Lloyd Young and Carla Dirlikov
 to Work With Three Turnaround Schools

Today, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities announced the expansion of its successful Turnaround Arts initiative to include three elementary schools in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) – Bethune Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School and Walker Elementary School – in an effort to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts.
BCPS is one of five school districts in the nation, and the only school district in Florida, selected to partner with Turnaround Arts.  The selected schools will receive arts education training and resources to address their individual needs. Resources include a summer leadership program, in-school professional development, partnerships with community arts education and cultural organizations, art supplies, and musical instruments.
“We are excited to partner with Turnaround Arts to provide training and resources for this kind of instruction in our District’s highest priority schools,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “Classrooms that are rich in the arts help us to provide important opportunities for creative expression and discovery in developing well-rounded students.”
Additionally, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities announced that “Turnaround Artists” Cameron Diaz, John Lloyd Young and Carla Dirlikov will adopt BCPS Turnaround Arts schools, and work directly with students and teachers to support their arts education. They join a number of other high-profile artists who will also adopt Turnaround Arts schools for the length of the program, working with students, schools and communities to highlight their success.
"All children deserve to have access to the arts, not only to discover their passion, but as a tool to engage them in the joy of learning," said Cameron Diaz, actress and Turnaround Artist. "Turnaround Arts is an amazing organization, and I look forward to working to inspire the students at Bethune Elementary to discover and reach for their dreams."

Attorney Andrew Weinstein, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, was instrumental in expanding the Turnaround Arts program to South Florida. “It’s an honor and an opportunity to be part of the Turnaround Arts program. Traveling to schools in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Boston has given me firsthand experience about this program and its incredible potential to impact the students of Broward County,” said Weinstein.
For more information about the Turnaround Arts program and profiles of selected schools visit: http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov.
Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines, and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are education, cultural exchange, and creative economy. Under the leadership of the First Lady and Honorary Chairman, and through the efforts of its federal and private members, the President's Committee has compiled an impressive legacy over its tenure, conducting major research and policy analysis, and catalyzing important federal cultural programs, both domestic and international.
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