We are proud that Hallen School was selected to be one of the four Turnaround Schools in Bridgeport! Turnaround Arts is a national program by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and several foundations, to bring arts education programming and resources to high-poverty elementary and middle schools across the country. There are only 49 Turnaround Arts schools in 27 school districts and 14 states and the District of Columbia and Hallen is one of them!
Turnaround Artists are acclaimed, creative professionals who adopt our schools over the length of the program, working directly with students and teachers, engaging parents and the school community, and highlighting the positive impact of the arts on their school’s transformation.
Autumn de Forest is an extremely prolific and well known painter who, at the remarkable age of 5, began building what would eventually become an incredible body of work. Autumn’s exhibitions have defined her as one of the most accomplished and recognized artistic prodigies of our time. Her original masterpieces have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, and have been acquired by major art collectors. As an artist, speaker and philanthropist, Autumn has always insisted upon supporting charitable and humanitarian efforts (http://turnaroundarts.kennedy-center.org/portfolio/autumn-de-forest/).