The Obama administration has enlisted a handful of prominent screen actors -- including
Turnaround Arts is a program from the President's Committee on the Arts. The two-year pilot project has selected eight schools across the country to receive new training for arts educators, art supplies, musical instruments and programs totaling about $1 million per year, according to the Associated Press.
The program is being financed with a mix of public and private money, including funds from the Ford Foundation and the
The AP said the selected elementary and middle schools -- which are among the country's poorest and worst performing -- are located in New Orleans; Denver; Boston; Washington; Des Moines, Iowa;
The actors involved in the project will "adopt" certain schools and serve as advocates for the students. In addition to the aforementioned thespians, the two-year program has also drawn support from artist
Turnaround Arts aims to implement change in poor and under-performing schools by integrating arts education in the curriculum.