Arts Integration at Cityview!
Turnaround Arts Minnesota

Cityview Community School of Innovation and French Immersion has been named one of four new Turnaround Arts schools in Minnesota this year!

We are in our second year in the Turnaround Arts: Minnesota program. Cityview belongs to a network of Turnaround Arts schools across the country that is using the arts as a tool in school transformation. At the national level, Turnaround Arts is a partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In our state, Turnaround Arts: Minnesota is run by the Minnesota Department of Education.

The aim of Turnaround Arts is to empower schools with proven arts strategies to help address challenges and close the achievement gap. These strategies include innovative art, dance, theater, media arts, and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, and high-profile artist mentors. Participating schools have demonstrated increased academic achievement, increased student and family engagement, and improved school culture and climate.

Turnaround Arts has appointed high-profile artists to “adopt” Turnaround Arts: Minnesota schools to support their educational reform efforts.  Dancer Lil’ Buck has adopted Cityview and will visit the school at some point this year. Other artists who are mentors to Minnesota schools are actor Sarah Jessica Parker, singer/songwriter Citizen Cope, actor Doc Shaw, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, painter Autumn DeForest, and photographer Johnny Nunez. Local Minnesota artists and cultural organizations also will participate through artist residencies.


Arts education has been shown through numerous studies to be an important part of education as a whole and able to give students tools for success. Decades of research show that arts-engaged students perform better than their peers.

For example, recent studies show that students that participate regularly in the arts:

  • Are more self-confident and better able to express their ideas;
  • Have higher attendance and high school graduation rates; and
  • Are more likely to go on to a four-year university, graduate from that university and go on to a career with potential.

Arts education can also benefit overall school culture and climate, especially when it is integrated into the school, giving teachers new tools, increasing collaboration, creating an atmosphere of creativity and inspiration and engaging parents and the community.


Turnaround Arts started in 2012 as a pilot program in eight schools across the nation to test the findings of a 2011 President's Committee report titled “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.”

Research conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton and the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute on the pilot program revealed an average 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency and 22.5% improvement in math proficiency—more than similar schools not using the arts—as well as increases in attendance and significant decreases in suspensions following Turnaround Arts' infusion of the arts into struggling schools.


A special thank you to additional supporters of arts integration at Cityview

Crayola:  arts supplies and materials

Triaco:  arts supplies and materials

Music Theater International:  scripts, music, and rights to a school musical

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM):  music grant