• 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.


Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport is a part of Bridgeport Public Schools, the second largest school district in Connecticut. Located in the largest city in the state, the school district serves a little more than 30 schools. Turnaround Arts: Bridgeport, now comprised of five schools, 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’ goal to increase the ways students can develop their talents and their voice.

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


Turnaround Arts: California is a nonprofit organization established to administer the Turnaround Arts program statewide to engage, empower, and transform the state’s highest-need schools and communities through the arts. Co-founded by renowned architect Frank Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver, Turnaround Arts: California serves more than 12,000 students in 27 schools and 20 school districts in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

  • 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
  • Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, Paramount
  • Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Fremont-Lopez Elementary School, Stockton
  • Garfield Elementary School, Alhambra
  • Hoopa Valley Elementary School, Hoopa
  • Janie P. Abbott Elementary School, Lynwood
  • Marina Vista Arts Academy, Marina
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Martin Luther King School of the Arts, Seaside
  • Mary Chapa Literacy and Technology Academy, Greenfield
  • McKinley Elementary School, Compton
  • Meadow Homes Elementary School, Concord
  • Montgomery Elementary School, Chula Vista
  • Pine Hill Elementary School, Eureka
  • Sierra Preparatory Academy, Santa Ana
  • South Bay, Eureka
  • Tweedy Elementary School, Los Angeles
  • Vincent Academy, Oakland
  • Warren Lane Elementary School, Inglewood
  • Whaley Middle School, Compton
  • Willard Intermediate School, Santa Ana

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Turnaround Arts: Des Moines is a part of Des Moines Public Schools, the largest school district in Iowa. More than 33,000 students and 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

  • Cattell Elementary School
  • Findley Elementary School*
  • Madison Elementary School
  • Moulton 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 for the arts through advocacy, community, and education. The organization supports all the arts, while its members represent diverse, distinct arts and arts education disciplines. The Hawai`i Arts Alliance also serves as the State Captain for the national arts advocacy organization Americans for the Arts.

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


Turnaround Arts: Minnesota is run by the Minnesota Department of Education, which aims to improve educational achievement by establishing clear standards, measuring performance, assisting educators and increasing opportunities for lifelong learning. The Minnesota Department of Education is leading the way for educational equity and excellence throughout the state. 

  • Bethune School, Minneapolis
  • Cityview Community School of Innovation and French Immersion, Minneapolis
  • 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 (MPS), the largest school district in Wisconsin. In addition to erasing opportunity gaps, MPS and Turnaround Arts: Milwaukee aim to ensure equitable access to quality arts education experiences for all students. Turnaround Arts: Milwaukee believes that access to opportunities to learn and express oneself through art, music, dance, and drama is not only a matter of a well-rounded education, but a matter of freedom and justice.

  • 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 the city. 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


Turnaround Arts: Broward County 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 the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in its lowest performing schools. AUSL manages 31 Chicago Public Schools, with its four Turnaround Arts schools located in the North Lawndale community. Turnaround Arts: Chicago is in its fourth year of program implementation, and is proud of the attendance and student achievement gains its schools have made, as well as the confidence their students are exhibiting as a result of a laser-focus on the arts inside and outside of the classroom.

  • 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 more than 49,000 students and 3,600 teachers and staff in the nation’s capital. Committed to serving all students, DCPS’s mission is to ensure that every school guarantees that students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences in a nurturing environment. The Turnaround Arts: DC program emerged from the involvement and success of Savoy Elementary School, a DCPS school that was part of the Turnaround Arts pilot phase, and now the local program serves four additional elementary schools.

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


Turnaround Arts: Greater 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 Dolores T. Aaron Academy

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Turnaround Arts: New York City is managed through a partnership between the Fund for Public Schools, New York City Department of Education, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. These organizations collaborate to support four Turnaround Arts schools in central Brooklyn, including Ebbets Field Middle School, East Flatbush Community Research School, P.S. 165 Ida Posner, and P.S. 284 Gregory Jackson Community School.

  • 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. The local program is also supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Dakota West Arts Council, and Missouri River Educational Cooperative. Currently, Turnaround Arts: North Dakota works exclusively with more than 600 K–8 students on the Standing Rock Native American Reservation.

  • Standing Rock Elementary School, Fort Yates
  • Fort Yates Public School, Fort Yates


Turnaround Arts: Providence is managed by Providence Public Schools and 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 leverages 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