Turnaround Arts Kids Perform for Singapore Prime MinisterTurnaround Arts Kids Perform for Singapore Prime Minister

Turnaround Arts Kids Perform for Singapore Prime MinisterFirst Lady Michelle Obama hugs one of the young students from the Turnaround Arts program after they performed before the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Photo by Alex Brandon
The President’s Committee Executive Director Megan Beyer was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to bring some of PCAH’s Turnaround Arts students from Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC to perform for Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching, as well as the First Lady, at the National Gallery of Art. The performance was one of the highlights of the momentous state visit by Singapore’s Prime Minister. In her remarks to the dignitaries and the students, Beyer said, "When President and Mrs. Obama came to Washington, the nation was filled with ‘Yes We Can’. They wanted to restore arts programs in schools. Schools that needed the arts the most – schools in high poverty communities – were least likely to have art education. These students are part of our Turnaround Arts program, which turns around these failing schools.”

 

Turnaround Arts Kids Perform for Singapore Prime MinisterPCAH Executive Director Megan Beyer making remarks before dignitaries from Singapore as part of their state visit to the United States.
White House Photo by Pete Souza
She closed her remarks saying, “And this year, President Obama signed into law a new education bill that puts art back into the definition of a “well rounded education” in America. This is Yes We Can. And we are here to say thank you, Mrs. Obama.”