MN 1 of 3 states selected for federal arts program

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MN 1 of 3 states selected for federal arts program

May 19, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN, has been selected by the White House committee for the Turnaround Arts initiative.

The Turnaround Arts initiative hopes to eliminate the achievement gap and improve student participation through the arts. Minnesota is one of three states selected to be involved in the second phase of the program.

The Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley is currently going through a selection process to determine which schools in Minnesota will be able to participate in the program. The selection is expected to be completed next month, with the first year of the program beginning in July 2014.

Research shows that when students participate in the arts they are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, have higher GPAs and SAT scores and show significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12, the Perpich Center for Arts Education said.

"We are honored to have the opportunity to be involved in the Turnaround Arts program," Executive Director Sue Mackert, said. "We have always been a force for arts education in Minnesota's schools and we have worked intensively with teachers, administrators and teaching artists since our beginning to establish strong arts programs and arts integration practices."

Turnaround Arts says the program will provide both uniform and customized resources to respond to the particular arts education–related needs. Turnaround Arts lays out the plan:
–In–school professional development for the entire teaching staff
–Strategic planning support and principal and teacher coaching
–Partnerships with community arts education and cultural organizations
–Teaching artist partnerships to provide supplemental instruction and teacher professional development
–Funds from the Minnesota State Arts Board of up to $75,000 per school in FY 2015 and again in FY 2016
–Participation in a national network of school leaders and teachers through Turnaround Arts

Turnaround Arts piloted the program in its first year at eight schools across the country. Turnaround Arts says their program has been improving student's math and reading scores as well as family engagement.

Ramona Marozas