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Sarah Jessica Parker, others join Obama arts education push

Sarah Jessica Parker, others join Obama arts education push

The Obama administration has enlisted a handful of prominent screen actors -- including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Alfre Woodard -- to help promote Turnaround Arts, an initiative launched this week to incorporate arts education in troubled schools.

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...

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