DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Education has chosen a Des Moines elementary school as one of eight in the nation to take part in a new art education program designed to help boost low-performing schools.

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday that Findley Elementary school has been picked to take part in the two-year program to improve student performance through a focus on the arts.

Reynolds says the school was picked because it has a dynamic new set of leaders who have crafted an aggressive plan to improve performance.

Reynolds says high-profile entertainers and education experts will visit the school often as part of the effort.

The Des Moines Register reports that entertainers include Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker.