White House hosts its first talent show
The White House held its first-ever talent show for students on Tuesday afternoon. The event was hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and the president’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. It was a part of the Turnaround: Arts program, a public-private partnership with the aim of using arts to narrow the achievement gap in schools within communities that have a high poverty rate.
But these weren’t your average student performances – the quality was more Rushmore than Waiting For Guffman. Several celebrities even made appearances, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Alfre Woodard.
During her opening remarks the first lady told attendees, “The Turnaround: Arts program has exceeded, not just our expectations, but our wildest hopes and dreams.” She noted it has helped lead to an increase in attendance and enrollment for at-risk students, as well as more engagement from parents in their children’s education.
The student performances included plenty of song and dance, as well as remarks from students who have benefitted from the program.
The president himself made a surprise appearance at the end of the ceremony joining the students who were sharing the stage with the first lady.
After hugging several kids, he joked, “I’ve got some talent, but I wasn’t invited to be a part of the show!”