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Michelle Obama secures a post-White House future for her school arts program

One of Michelle Obama’s key arts programs will continue after she leaves the White House. Management of Turnaround Arts, started five years ago to bring high-quality music, theater, dance and visual arts instruction to underperforming schools, will be housed at the Kennedy Center and carry its imprimatur.

The first lady plans to make the announcement Wednesday during her second White House talent show, starring students from the at-risk schools adopted by Turnaround Arts. The program — now in 49 schools across the country — is based on the idea that arts should have a central place in the education of all children, not just a luxury for wealthy districts.


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