With schools and districts slashing funding in order to balance budgets, arts and humanities are usually the first to go. Having worked in a school that lacked both Art and Music, the potential of initiatives like Turnaround Arts are exciting prospects.
Although this program is only being rolled out in 8 sites (Portland, Oregon; Boston; Des Moines; Denver; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Lame Deer, Montana; and the District of Columbia; New Orleans) it should be an indicator of whether or not a combination of public grants and private donations will be enough to revive what used to be a cornerstone of public education. Here’s to hoping it will.
On another note, the word “Turnaround” is being used a bit a too much in education these days. Love to hear thoughts and comments on this.