Grammy winner Jason Mraz will be working with Burbank Elementary School now that it has been selected as one of ten schools statewide to participate in the Turnaround Arts CA, a signature affiliate program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
the next two years, Burbank Elementary will be working with the
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Turnaround Arts
CA to ensure that the arts are an available avenue to success for all
students. The school will also have Mraz as its artist mentor, who will
work with superintendents and principals to maximize support and
awareness for their efforts.
Superintendent Cindy Marten and Principal Rachel Messineo accepted the award at a White House ceremony.
Diego Unified is nationally known for its commitment to arts in
schools, having been named one of America's Best Music Communities two
years in a row and being honored by the Kennedy Center in 2011.
Arts is a public-private partnership launched by the White House in
2012 designed to help failing schools develop and implement high quality
arts education that will be used specifically to effectively address
and turnaround the pervasive and persistent problems found in
high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools. By using the arts as a
strategic tool in failing schools’ turnaround efforts, students are
engaged while they learn 21st century skills critical to their success.
Turnaround Arts CA we hope to expand our successes in and out of the
classroom by adding more opportunities for our students, families, and
teachers to learn through dance, art, drama, and music,” says Burbank
Principal Rachel Messineo. “The arts are a proven way to boost student
achievement, keep kids interested in school, and help schools connect
with their communities. We are thrilled to have been chosen to
participate in this cutting-edge program.”
It has been proven that
by placing the arts as the heart and soul of a school, leadership is
provided with powerful tools in professional learning, curriculum
development, improving school climate and culture, as well as increasing
student and parent engagement ultimately contributes to improved
academic achievement and successful turnaround of a failing school.
is a growing body of research that demonstrates the positive effect of
arts engagement on students. This is particularly important in a state
like California where the arts play a significant role in the “creative
“This isn’t about bringing painting or music lessons to
an already failing school and hoping for new and improved outcomes,”
says Dr. James Catterall, Professor Emeritus, UCLA and Director of the
Centers for Research on Creativity. “This is about the arts as ways of
thinking, problem solving, and creative design.”
For more information on Turnaround Arts, please go to http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/