Call it “American Idol: White House.” Or something like that.
The White House is hosting its first ever talent show next week. Yes, you read that right. There’s going to be a talent show at the White House.
By all indications this one should be a bit higher caliber than what you’re used to: school auditoriums filled with the sounds of squeaky violins or “Waiting for Guffman”-style community theater productions.
First lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities will host the show Tuesday. Celebrities including actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Kal Penn and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. It is part of a week of activities, dinners and school visits to showcase the importance of arts and music education.
But the show does have a serious side: It will showcase performances by participants in Turnaround Arts, a program implemented in low-performing schools to help increase student achievement through the arts. Turnaround Arts is a program administered through the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities. Students in the show come from schools across the country, including Boston, Bridgeport, Conn., Des Moines, Lame Deer, Mont., New Orleans, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C.
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