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Kevin White & Kim Turner

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Kevin White & Kim Turner

Kevin White & Kim Turner

2019 Civil Society Awardee Newburgh Performing Arts Academy, Newburgh, NY

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Together, founder Kim Turner and executive director Kevin White developed the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy (NPAA) to provide children of all socioeconomic backgrounds with instruction in the arts. Founded in 2004, the academy provides professional dance, music, theater, and visual arts instruction to children in one of the region’s most dangerous cities: Newburgh, NY.

Through its preprofessional training and community arts programs, NPAA educates about 800 students each year and has served more than 10,000 children and youth aged 3–18 over the last 15 years. The academy has forged the way for many of its students to attend college in the performing arts and compete at a national level. Arts education, like the NPAA’s programs, helps at-risk youth build self-esteem, improve academic performance, and develop the discipline necessary to achieve success in all areas of life.

In 2011, NPAA merged with the Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh. While both organizations retain their individual facilities, programs, and goals, they are now unified under the direction of the NPAA management team, led by White.

White holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Baruch College and a master’s degree in education from Fordham University. Recently, he has begun work on a Ph.D. in sociology. Turner founded the academy and teaches many of the dance classes. A graduate of the New York School of the Performing Arts, she studied at Gloria Jackson Dance Studio and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Partners at work and in life, Kim Turner and Kevin White are recipients of Manhattan Institute’s 2019 Civil Society Awards for their work at the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy.

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