Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child (Any Given Child), a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has a stronger future thanks to a $1 million gift from Newman’s Own Foundation. The funds will establish an endowment to help underserved communities participate in the program that presently serves 14 metropolitan areas, according to a Kennedy Center press release.
Any Given Child works in two phases: Initially, the combination of a comprehensive audit of existing arts education resources and a community needs assessment identify resources as well as gaps in local arts education opportunities. They then become the basis of a long-range plan to bring equitable access to arts education for all K-8 students by aligning the existing resources of a school system with those of the community’s arts organizations and the Kennedy Center.
The long-range plan is implemented in phase two and local educators and artists take advantage of a wealth of resources available from the Kennedy Center’s education department, ranging from professional development for teachers and teaching artists to supplemental lessons with online interactive learning modules available at ArtsEdge.
Since it began in Sacramento, Calif., in 2009, Any Given Child has expanded to 13 additional metropolitan areas in 11 states. The Kennedy Center is now accepting applications for new Any Given Child communities. The application deadline is March 31, 2014. Click here for more information on the application process.
The Kennedy Center’s education department receives support from the Office of Innovation and Improvement through the Arts in Education National Program grant.