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The White House
Office of the First Lady
For Immediate Release

First Lady Michelle Obama to Host White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show

Wednesday, May 25th

The White House * 3:30pm ET -- As part of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the First Lady will welcome students and artists from across the country to perform at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show. To showcase America's budding artists, the students will perform alongside Turnaround Artist mentors including Paula Abdul, Keb’ Mo’, Alfre Woodard, Tim Robbins, Bernie Williams, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Citizen Cope, Damian Woetzel, Irvin Mayfield, and Paula Fuga.

Turnaround Arts is a national program created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several foundations and corporations. Turnaround Arts empowers high-need, low-performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap. Since 2011, Turnaround Arts has empowered 27 school districts across 13 states and Washington, DC with an infusion of arts and music education. In 2014, the First Lady hosted the inaugural White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show.

Students from the following Turnaround Arts programs will perform at the White House:


Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary (Los Angeles, CA)


Barnum School (Bridgeport, CT)

Hall School (Bridgeport, CT)

Hallen School (Bridgeport, CT)

Tisdale School (Bridgeport, CT)

Roosevelt School (Bridgeport, CT)


Kalihi Kai Elementary (Honolulu, HI)

Kamaile Academy Public Charter (Waianae, HI)

Waianae Elementary (Waianae, HI)


Chalmers School of Excellence (Chicago, IL)

Herzl School of Excellence (Chicago, IL)

Johnson School of Excellence (Chicago, IL)

Dvorak School of Excellence (Chicago, IL)


Warren G. Harding Middle School  (Des Moines, IA)


ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy (New Orleans, LA)


Bethune SchooL (Minneapolis, MN)

Northport Elementary (Brooklyn Center, MN)

Northside Elementary School (St. James, MN)

New York

Ebbets Field Middle School (New York, NY)

East Flatbush Community Research School (New York, NY)

P.S. 284 Gregory Jackson Community School (New York, NY)

P.S. 165 Ida Posner (New York, NY)

Washington, DC

Turner Elementary

Moten Elementary

Noyes Elementary

Bunker Hill Elementary

Savoy Elementary