ARTS PROGRAM: Findley Named “Turnaround School”

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A Des Moines elementary school has been picked to take part in a new arts education initiative to help improve low-performing schools.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities chose Findley Elementary to participate in the two-year program, dubbed “Turnaround Arts.” The school will get intensive arts education resources and help from an Academy Award winning actor.

Forest Whitaker will work with the school and community during the program. ”We’ve all see the power of the arts to transform the lives of individual students, and create an engaging place to learn for everyone. For the last decade I have dedicated myself to the cause of child soldiers and young victims of civil wars. The arts offer opportunities of achievement for all kids and are crucial in the integration and rehabilitation process. Findley’s education program resonates very much with my commitment and I look forward to contributing to this remarkable initiative,” said Whitaker.

Findley Elementary was one of eight chosen across the nation.

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