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White House arts program teams up with Kennedy Center
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration project to expand arts education in elementary and middle schools has found new, long-term backing.
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it will be partnering to keep the Turnaround Arts initiative funded and expanding next year.
The program brings music, drama, dance and visual arts into struggling schools. It's grown from eight to 68 schools since it began in 2011.
The Kennedy Center's executive director, Deborah Rutter, says the new arrangement will help broaden its reach and secure its support.
First lady Michelle Obama will announce the partnership Wednesday at a White House talent show featuring Turnaround Arts students and celebrities.
The first lady's office says it's too soon to say whether she'll continue her involvement next year.
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