Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov becomes first opera singer to be named to The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities' Turnaround Arts Initiative


Dirlikov joins actress Cameron Diaz and Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready working with three Turnaround Schools in Florida's Broward County.

On June 3, 2015, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announced an expansion of its successful Turnaround Arts initiative into five additional school districts. The program,  funded through a public-private partnership, will receive over $5 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ford Foundation and other private foundations and companies to bring arts education into low-performing schools. Turnaround Arts now reaches over 24,000 of the country’s highest-needs students in 50 schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Newly appointed Turnaround Artists Carla Dirlikov, Cameron Diaz, Mike McCready will “adopt” three Broward County Turnaround Arts schools and work directly with students and teachers to support their arts education. These schools will receive arts education training and resources to address their individual needs including teacher training, arts supplies, music instruments, and funding for partnerships with community arts education and cultural organizations. The Turnaround Artists will support the schools for the length of the program, working with students, schools and communities to highlight their success. 

Dirlikov joins an illustrious group of new “Turnaround Artists,” including Bernie Williams, Cameron Diaz, David Blaine, Jack Johnson, Macy Gray, Mike McCready, Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul, Thom Mayne, Jake Shimabukuro, and Tracy Reese. These artists will join Chad Smith, Clarence Greenwood (aka Citizen Cope), Doc Shaw, Elizabeth Banks, Elton John, Frank Gehry, Jason Mraz, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Groban, Marc Anthony, Rashida Jones, Russell Simmons, the Silk Road Ensemble, Tim Robbins, and Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty). Artists who have been working with the program since its inception include Alfre Woodard, Chuck Close, Damian Woetzel, Forest Whitaker, John Lloyd Young, Kal Penn, Kerry James Marshall, Kerry Washington, Edward Norton, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Yo-Yo Ma.