Turnaround Artists are acclaimed, creative professionals who adopt partner schools over the length of the program. They work directly with students and teachers, engage parents and school communities, and highlight the positive impact of the arts on school transformation.
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics.
Cameron Diaz, an American actress, producer, and fashion model, rose to stardom in the 1990s, with roles in The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and There’s Something About Mary.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson currently stars as “Mitchell Pritchett” on the Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy Modern Family.
Frank Gehry is one of the most renowned architects in the world. He was raised in Toronto, Canada, and moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947.
Known for his photo collages and paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
Born in St. Helen’s, Lancashire, England, Nigel Lythgoe moved with his family to Liverpool, where he began tap dancing at age 11. He became the only person to dance in, choreograph, direct, and produce the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty the Queen of England.
Jason Mraz has quietly amassed a youthful, diverse, and vibrant fan-base throughout all parts of the globe. His critically acclaimed live performances have propelled him from the San Diego coffee house circuit to amphitheaters, arenas, festivals, and stadiums all over the world.
Since its inception in 1995, innovation and creativity have defined Ozomatli. Hailing from Los Angeles, the group found a way to represent the city’s eclectic culture through music that appeals to the local community and the world beyond.
Tim Robbins is a multifaceted actor, writer, director and producer whose films include Dead Man Walking, Shawshank Redemption, and Mystic River, for which he won the Academy Award®.
William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr. is a singer-songwriter, record producer, and co-founder of Motown Records.
As a member of pioneering, award-winning superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers—which he joined in 1988—Chad Smith is widely regarded as one of music’s most accomplished drummers and articulate musicians.
Kerry Washington is an award-winning actress who has numerous films and television credits.
She is on the Artist Committee for Americans for the Arts, an organization that works to promote the arts in America.
Forest Whitaker is the founder and CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, and the UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation.