Subject: NEW URL for Turnaround Arts Videos

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News and Opportunities for Cultural Nonprofits and Creative Businesses of Fairfield County, CT
May 27, 2016
New Video URL (+ A BONUS)
The link to the complete video of the White House Talent Show, celebrating the Turnaround Arts Program was changed since this morning. Those who clicked on the original image below and the "click for video" link would have received a "This video is private" message. However, the video is still available and here is the new URL: 
Bernie Williams performs with students from "Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport:" Barnum School, Hall School, Hallen School, Tisdale School, and Roosevelt School during the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show at the White House May 25, 2016. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMM).  Click for new URL for video of entire show.

The five-year-old Turnaround Arts Schools have secured support to guarantee the program's future. This project to expand arts education in elementary and middle schools has found new, long-term backing. The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will partner to keep the Turnaround Arts initiative funded and expanding next year. 

The program brings music, drama, dance and visual arts into struggling schools. It’s grown from eight to 68 schools since it began in 2012. The Kennedy Center’s executive director, Deborah Rutter, says the new arrangement will broaden its reach and secure its support. First lady Michelle Obama announced the partnership Wednesday at the White House Talent Show featuring Turnaround Arts students and celebrities. At the first White House Talent Show, in 2014, President Obama said: "The arts are central to who we are as a people, and they are central to the success of our kids. This is not an afterthought." 

Students from Turnaround Arts schools nationwide, including from the five Bridgeport schools in the program, performed for First Lady Michelle Obama, their peers, and artist mentors at the White House. Turnaround Artist mentors included Keb' Mo', Tim Robbins, Bernie Williams, Damian Woetzel, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Paula Fuga, Irvin Mayfield, and more. 

Research following the pilot 2012 Turnaround Arts program showed an average 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency and 22.5% improvement in math proficiency. The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law in December 2015, provides funding and guidance to include the arts and music as part of a "well-rounded" education. "All struggling schools, through ESSA, have the opportunity to put the arts back into education and transform their schools,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, PCAH Vice Chair. 
Save the Date for a June Bridgeport Turnaround Arts Fundraiser at Housatonic Community College. Bernie Williams and students will perform the song they sang at the White House and there will be a silent auction of items from some of the Turnaround Artists.
As a plus, here is a newly released 3-minute music video celebrating the Turnaround Arts movement:
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