• Where We Work
Turnaround Arts works with local program partners to provide arts education resources to clusters of Priority- and Focus-designated schools in their region. Local partners include state agencies, school districts, operating foundations, and educational organizations. This shared leadership structure provides powerful tools to a critical mass of our highest-needs schools, while building local, sustainable structures and expertise for a lasting impact on students.


The Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport program is a part of Bridgeport Public Schools, the second largest school district in Connecticut. Located in the largest city in Connecticut, the school district serves just over 30 schools. Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport grew from the success and experience of Roosevelt School, one of eight schools that participated in the pilot phase of Turnaround Arts. With the support of the Bridgeport community, Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport is excited to help realize Bridgeport Public Schools’ mission of readying all its students to graduate college-ready and prepared to succeed in life.

  • Barnum School
  • Hall School
  • Hallen School
  • Roosevelt School*
  • Tisdale School


Turnaround Arts: California is an independent non-profit organization established to administer the statewide program. Turnaround Arts: California was initiated with financial support from the California Arts Council and architect Frank Gehry. The California cohort of Turnaround Arts schools spreads from the north end of the state to the southern border, with schools throughout the central valley and in both urban and rural settings.

  • Avenal Elementary School, Avenal
  • Barton Elementary School, San Bernardino
  • Burbank Elementary School, San Diego
  • Burbank Elementary School, Hayward
  • Costaño School and the 49ers Academy, East Palo Alto
  • Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, Los Angeles
  • Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Fremont-Lopez Elementary School, Stockton
  • Hoopa Valley Elementary School, Hoopa
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Seaside
  • Mary Chapa Literacy and Technology Academy, Greenfield
  • Meadow Homes Elementary School, Concord
  • Sierra Preparatory Academy, Santa Ana
  • Warren Lane Elementary School, Inglewood
  • Whaley Middle School, Compton
  • Willard Intermediate School, Santa Ana

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The Turnaround Arts: Des Moines program is a part of Des Moines Public Schools, the largest school district in Iowa. More than 33,000 students and about 5,000 teachers and staff work in more than 60 schools throughout the city. Turnaround Arts: Des Moines sprang from the success of Findley Elementary, a pilot school in the Turnaround Arts national network that saw significant gains in achievement through the arts. With Findley’s success as a model, Turnaround Arts: Des Moines now works in a cluster of schools on the north side of the city, in the high-needs communities of Oak Park and Highland Park. After a series of devastating floods over the last two decades, these neighborhoods are investing in renewal and economic opportunity.

  • Cattell Elementary School
  • Findley Elementary School*
  • Madison Elementary School
  • Oak Park Elementary School
  • Warren G. Harding Middle School


Turnaround Arts: Hawai`i is run by the Hawai`i Arts Alliance, a statewide non-profit organization that works to build the state’s creative capital through equal educational opportunities. The Hawai`i Arts Alliance is a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and is the State Captain for Americans for the Arts.

  • Kalihi Kai Elementary School, Honolulu
  • Kamaile Academy Public Charter School, Waianae
  • Waianae Elementary School, Waianae


Turnaround Arts: Minnesota is run by the Perpich Center for Arts Education, a state agency serving all Minnesota schools. Created in 1985 by the Minnesota state legislature, the agency seeks to advance K-12 education throughout the state by teaching in and through the arts. Perpich staff and faculty experts provide outreach, professional development, research, curriculum, and standards development. Perpich is also home to an innovative, two-year statewide residential high school that serves as a living laboratory for creative development in the arts. Turnaround Arts: Minnesota represents an expansion of Perpich’s core areas of expertise, as well as deeper involvement in a subset of the state’s highest-needs schools.

  • Bethune School, Minneapolis
  • Cityview Community School of Innovation and French Immersion, Minneapolis
  • I.J. Holton Intermediate School, Austin
  • Northport Elementary School, Brooklyn Center
  • Northside Elementary School, St. James
  • Red Lake Middle School, Red Lake
  • Riverside Central Elementary School, Rochester
  • Stonebridge World School, Minneapolis


Turnaround Arts: Milwaukee is a part of Milwaukee Public Schools, the largest school district in Wisconsin and the 43rd largest district in the nation with students from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Among the district’s primary goals are to close the achievement gap and ensure equitable access to quality arts experiences for all students in the city of Milwaukee.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
  • Lancaster School
  • Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts
  • Sherman Multicultural Arts School


Turnaround Arts: Richmond is managed by Richmond Public Schools, whose mission is to lead students to extraordinary, honorable lives as inspirational global leaders who shape the future with intellect, integrity and compassion through challenging, engaging learning experiences guided by highly qualified, passionate educators in partnership with families and communities. They serve 24,000 students across Richmond. Turnaround Arts: Richmond is surrounded by a rich community of universities, arts organizations and supporters and, as the state capital, seeks to be a beacon for innovative and responsive education.

  • Binford Middle School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
  • Woodville Elementary School


The Turnaround Arts: Broward County program is a part of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the second largest public school system in Florida and the sixth largest in the country. BCPS serves more than 260,000 students and has a diverse student population, representing 204 different countries and 135 different languages.

  • Lake Forest Elementary School, Pembroke Park
  • Mary M. Bethune Elementary School, Hollywood
  • Walker Elementary School, Fort Lauderdale


Turnaround Arts: Chicago is managed by AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership), a city-wide education management organization that focuses on turning around schools. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, AUSL currently manages 32 neighborhood schools, serving nearly 18,000 students. Turnaround Arts: Chicago is being implemented in four elementary schools with a total of 1,900 students—all within the North Lawndale neighborhood. North Lawndale, situated five miles west of the city center, has one of the highest poverty, youth and gang violence rates in Chicago, but also a rich cultural and civil rights history.

  • Chalmers School of Excellence
  • Dvorak School of Excellence
  • Herzl School of Excellence
  • Johnson School of Excellence


Turnaround Arts: DC is managed by District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), which consists of over 46,000 students and 3,600 teachers and staff in the nation’s capital. Among the district’s primary goals is to close the achievement gap separating low-income students and students of color from their higher-income and white counterparts. Turnaround Arts: DC emerged from the involvement and success of Savoy Elementary School, a DCPS school that was part of the Turnaround Arts pilot phase.

  • Bunker Hill Elementary School
  • Moten Elementary School
  • Noyes Elementary School
  • Savoy Elementary School*
  • Turner Elementary School

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Turnaround Arts: New Orleans is managed by ReNEW schools, a charter school management organization whose aim is to provide “a rigorous, college preparatory education to historically underserved PK-12 students.” ReNEW’s focus is on transforming under-performing schools through whole-school turnaround, an aim that aligns perfectly with Turnaround Arts’ mission and methodology.

  • ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, New Orleans*
  • ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy
  • ReNEW McDonogh City Park Academy, New Orleans

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Turnaround Arts: New York City is managed through a partnership between the private sector Fund for Public Schools, the New York City Department of Education, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. The Fund for Public Schools is dedicated to building public-private partnerships in support of the New York City Department of Education and its 1,800+ schools.

  • Ebbets Field Middle School
  • East Flatbush Community Research School
  • P.S. 165 Ida Posner
  • P.S. 284 Gregory Jackson Community School


Turnaround Arts: North Dakota is an initiative of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, whose aim is to “provide a statewide system of excellent service and support to ensure a healthy school environment that fosters student success.” Turnaround Arts: North Dakota is also supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the North Dakota Humanities Council, and is currently working exclusively with schools in Native American reservations.

  • Standing Rock/Fort Yates Elementary School, Fort Yates
  • Standing Rock/Fort Yates Middle School, Fort Yates


Turnaround Arts: Providence is managed by Providence Public Schools and by the City of Providence Arts, Culture, and Tourism department. Providence Public Schools educates 24,000 students annually in diverse learning communities. Through this partnership, Turnaround Arts: Providence will leverage its strong community assets to ensure all students have access to a variety of arts opportunities.

  • Delsesto Middle School
  • Roger Williams Middle School
  • Gilbert Stuart Middle School


The Pilot Phase of Turnaround Arts engaged 8 schools nationwide between 2011 and 2014, using the arts as part of a larger school turnaround strategy. This phase tested the Turnaround Arts hypothesis—that arts education programming can be used to specifically address the kind of pervasive problems commonly found in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools. An evaluation of these schools was conducted during the pilot phase and results were released in January 2015. Researchers found that each school experienced dramatic improvements in climate and culture. Students at these schools demonstrated significant progress in student academic performance, and many of the schools improved student attendance, discipline, and motivation. For more information on the results from this evaluation, visit the Impact page.

  • Findley Elementary School, Des Moines, IA
  • Lame Deer Jr. High School, Lame Deer, MT
  • Martin Luther King Jr. School, Portland, OR
  • Noel Community Arts School, Denver, CO
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, Boston, MA
  • ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, New Orleans, LA
  • Roosevelt School, Bridgeport, CT
  • Savoy Elementary School, Washington, DC