USA TODAY…The last time Aleya McBride visited the White House, she was following around a tour guide during a class field trip. On Wednesday, the wiry 10-year-old with the unruly poof of black hair was going to dance for first lady Michelle Obama.
Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It was founded in 2011 by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, a White House advisory committee on cultural issues, under the leadership of former First Lady Michelle Obama. The program is based on the premise that high-quality and integrated arts education can strengthen school reform efforts, boost academic achievement, and increase student engagement in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges in the country.
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