Hundreds of students and their teachers from Hawai’i to Rhode Island and D.C. High-profile artist mentors including Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Trombone Shorty, Keb’ Mo’, Valerie June, Paula Fuga, David Brooks, Bernie Williams, and more.

Along with musical and dance performances, students are putting final touches on paintings, photography and poems, that will be displayed in the Kennedy Center’s Hall of States through the end of March. Students will be rehearsing at the Kennedy Center on Saturday for preview pieces.

The Kennedy Center Turnaround Arts Talent Show celebrates the growth and talents of Turnaround Arts students nationwide, along with the power of the arts to help change schools and lives. By their second year in Turnaround Arts many schools see improvements in math and reading scores, increases in attendance and enrollment, and decreases in discipline issues. The program works with local and national partners to provide art, music and theater opportunities, and arts-based learning throughout the school day.

Turnaround Arts is a national program run by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that infuses struggling schools with the arts as a proven strategy for reform. Turnaround Arts works in 73 schools in 37 school districts in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

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