Alfre Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmys, three SAG Awards, and a Golden Globe. She serves on the National Film Preservation Foundation Board, as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences International Outreach Committee. Ms. Woodard co-founded Artists for a New South Africa, a non-profit working to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and further democracy and human rights in South Africa and the United States.
Ms. Woodard was a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities under the Obama Administration. Since the Turnaround Arts program’s pilot phase, she has visited, read to, and worked with students on utilizing acting and the arts in their education at a number of schools, including ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, LA, and Noel Community Arts School in Denver, CO. With the expansion of Turnaround Arts, Ms. Woodard has adopted Kamaile Academy Public Charter School and Waianae Elementary School in Waianae, HI.
“My work with Turnaround Arts has been tremendously rewarding. I’ve loved every moment of getting to know these deserving kids and their dedicated teachers and principals. All you have to do is walk in to one of our schools and you can see, hear, and feel the transformation taking place…..the positive energy in the halls, the focus of the teachers and the students in class, the light in a kid’s face as he or she finds his or her voice. This sense of purpose is what is turning these schools around. I am honored to be part of it.”