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Turnaround Arts

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  • 4th grade African Drummers from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • African Drummers from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Chorus from Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts
  • Dancers from Sherman Multicultural Arts
  • Lancaster is excited for Turnaround Arts
  • Lancaster kindergartener is excited for Turnaround Arts
  • Lancaster student is excited for Turnaround Arts
  • Roosevelt Middle School chorus
  • Sherman dancers are excited for Turnaround Arts
  • Sherman Multicultural Arts dancers

turnaround arts logoMilwaukee Public Schools is proud to be part of Turnaround Arts! Turnaround Arts is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. It empowers high-needs schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.

festival orchestraTurnaround Arts does more than provide greater arts access to students, the program has also increased student achievement using the integrated arts model. According to a national research organization, over a four year period, Turnaround Arts schools experienced on average a 12.6 percent improvement in reading proficiency and a 22.5 percent improvement in math proficiency. Attendance increased and suspensions decreased following implementation of Turnaround Arts programs.

Turnaround Arts in Milwaukee

Four schools will be the first in MPS to participate in the Turnaround Arts program – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lancaster, William T. Sherman Creative Arts, and Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts.

In Milwaukee, Turnaround Arts will focus on three key areas: additional professional development for arts educators and arts integration education; integration of the five arts disciplines – visual arts, music, dance, theater and media arts – within all content area classrooms; and working with the district’s arts partners to provide both in-school and after-school enrichment programs to foster student engagement in learning and incorporating the arts into academic supports.

Mad Hot BallroomSome of Milwaukee’s top arts partners are part of the Turnaround Arts effort, including Cre8MKE, Danceworks, First Stage Children’s Theater and the University of Wisconsin-Peck School of the Arts. In addition, UWM and Cardinal Stritch, through a grant from the Margaret Cargill Foundation, are partnering with MPS to recruit, train and provide ongoing support for MPS arts educators.

Nationally, Turnaround Arts is made possible through a collaboration of government agencies, nonprofit partners, and generous corporate and private locations. Locally, the MPS Foundation coordinated support from the Herzfeld Foundation and the Zilber Family Foundation for the Milwaukee Public Schools’ Turnaround Arts effort.

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Meet our Turnaround Artists

Contacts

Kari Hanson, Manager

Phone: 414-475-8319
Email: hansonks@milwaukee.k12.wi.us


Christina Ratatori, Program Coordinator

Email: ratatocm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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