Michelle Obama Presents: The White House Turnaround Talent Show!

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  • Michelle Obama and Turnaround Arts Program
  • Michelle Obama
  • Students from Lame Deer JR. High School in Lame Deer, MT
  • Orchard Gardens School
  • Orchard Gardens School
  • Savoy Elementary School
  • Savoy Elementary School
  • Noel Community Arts School
  • Alfre Woodard
  • ReNew Cultural Arts Academy
  • Martin Luther King Jr. School
  • Barack Obama
  • Michelle and Barack Obama
  • Turnaround Arts Program

Bringing Down the House

First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off the White House's first talent show as part of an effort to showcase what an integral role the arts play in helping children reach academic heights. In 2012, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the White House and the Education Department created an experiment called the Turnaround Arts program to test a theory that an arts education can improve students' academic performances. Based on the results of the first eight schools to participate, it worked, and the program will be expanded to include 35 schools.  Joyce Jones (@BETpolitichick)

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