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Any Given Child

Roles and Responsibilities

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The Phase I Liaison

The Phase I Liaison is the primary contact for the Kennedy Center throughout the Any Given Child program, and enlists the participation and support of other community leaders. The position is held by a person who works full-time at the initiative's Phase I Liaison Organization, rather than a volunteer.

The Liaison's responsibilities include facilitating meetings with the Kennedy Center consulting team, maintaining communication with CAT members about tasks and meetings, arranging for materials needed for meetings, providing staff to take meeting minutes, following up on action items between meetings, and distributing approved minutes to the CAT. In addition, the Liaison attends meetings with the Kennedy Center consulting team prior to and immediately following each CAT meeting and participates in monthly phone calls with the Kennedy Center consulting team.

Phase I Liaison Organization

The Phase I Liaison organization is responsible for convening the Community Arts Team. The Liaison Organization supports the Liaison's efforts by providing the space, materials, equipment, and supplies for Community Arts Team (CAT) meetings.

While the Liaison Organization is identified in the application, the Community Arts Team makes a decision during the strategic planning process about what organization should house the initiative in Years 2 and beyond.

The Community Arts Team

The Community Arts Team (CAT) is the heart of the Any Given Child strategic planning process. The CAT is comprised of high-level leaders from a diverse cross-section of the community and is responsible for developing and distributing survey instruments that identify arts education resources provided by the schools and the community, reviewing the data resulting from the surveys, and developing long-range goals based on the data.

The Working Group

The Working Group is a small cadre of leaders from within the Community Arts Team (CAT) that are identified jointly by the Liaison and the Kennedy Center consulting team.

The Working Group discusses issues affecting data collection, communication, and long-range planning. It meets between and immediately following CAT meetings during Phase One. Ideally, the Working Group includes: the Liaison, a school leader, a member of the philanthropic sector, the researcher in charge of data collection, a member from the communications sector, and an arts organization representative.

The Implementation Committee

The Implementation Committee begins its tenure during Phase Two. It may be the same group of community members as the Community Arts Team (CAT), but often includes new representation. Most communities invite high-level decision makers to serve on this committee, which ensures that the CAT’s long-range plan is resourced and carried out. The Implementation Committee is responsible for staffing, funding, programs, communications, and marketing.

The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center consulting team attends and facilitates each of the Community Arts Team meetings during the Strategic Planning Phase (Phase I) of the project. In collaboration with the Liaison, they develop meeting agendas, evaluate the progress of the Any Given Child program, discuss and plan for staffing and resources, address any challenges or questions that emerge, and assist the Coordinator in overseeing the initiative. During the Implementation Phase (Phase II), Kennedy Center staff may visit to meet with the Implementation Committee and to view the work of the initiative in action. The Kennedy Center consulting team is available throughout the year for consultation by phone and email.

For more details, download the Any Given Child booklet .


Through the 2011-2012 school year, the Kennedy Center worked with a professional research company to conduct an analysis of the Any Given Child program's effectiveness. The executive summary is available.

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