Love train | Turnaround arts | Playing For Change

(Playing For Change) Turnaround Arts infuses struggling schools with the arts as a strategy to bolster reform efforts. Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that works in 73 schools in 37 districts across 17 states and the District of Columbia.

“Love Train” features Turnaround Arts students performing alongside their Turnaround Artists including Alfre Woodard, Bernie Williams, Black Violin, Chad Smith, Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza, David Garibaldi, Elizabeth Banks, Frank Gehry, IZ Avila, Jackson Browne, Jacqueline Suskin, Jake Shimabukuro, Jason Mraz, John Cruz, John Lloyd Young, Keb’ Mo’, Larisa Martínez, Ledisi, Mic Jordan, Misty Copeland, Ozomatli, Paula Abdul, Paula Fuga, Speech, Taboo, Tim Robbins, Tracy Reese, Trombone Shorty, Valerie June, Yo-Yo Ma, and The O’Jays (who wrote the song).This video was produced by Turnaround Arts and Playing For Change to share the message that the arts have the power to improve our schools and build more compassionate, connected communities. Learn more about Turnaround Arts at and Playing For Change at

Special Acknowledgments: Many thanks to all 14 Turnaround Arts sites, our colleagues at the Kennedy Center, and our friends at iTheatrics, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Roger Williams Park, Empire Stores Dumbo, Lincoln Center Education, Green Tomato, Hillman Family Foundations, Affirmation Arts, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Honolulu Film Office, The Music Center, Minnesota Made Hockey Center, Main Street Station, Hoyt Sherman Place, and our Turnaround Arts schools that became stations for the Love Train. Turnaround Arts also wants to thank Mike DeMatteo & Nathaniel Barnes, Eric Powell & Charlie Sosa from BECON TV, Tristan Brown & Janet Starke from Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, and Phil Roeder & Kyle Knicley from Des Moines Public Schools for sharing their time and expertise to film Love Train. Finally, Turnaround Arts would like to thank Jonathan Walls, Sandra Selva, Jose Agote, Mark Johnson, and everyone on the incredible Playing for Change team for going above and beyond with this project.

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World. Creating these videos motivated us to form the Playing For Change Band—a tangible, traveling representation of our mission, featuring musicians met along our journey; and establish the Playing For Change Foundation—a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. Through these efforts, we aim to create hope and inspiration for the future of our planet.

Source: Playing For Change

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