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Any Given Child a Kennedy Center Education Program


Any Given Child communities describe seven outcomes that have resulted from their participation in the Kennedy Center's initiative. For more information on outcomes, download A National Mission: Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child .

  1. Increased Student Access
  2. A Foundation of Robust Data
  3. A Shared Community Vision and a Commitment to Act
  4. A Collective Impact
  5. Increased Capacity
  6. Improved Ability to Leverage Support
  7. A Growing National Network

Sites are reporting remarkable growth in arts education programs, resources, and staffing since they began their initiatives.

Selected Outcomes, 2014 - 2015

Austin, TX: In 2014-15, this site provided professional development for 2,000 educators as well as additional coaching for 600 teachers.

Baltimore, MD: The CEO of Baltimore City Public School District has maintained the arts as a top priority of his administration. For the first time since the 1990's, the school district has a Fine Arts Plan approved by the School Board of Commissioners.

Fresno, CA: A new Arts Business Coalition has raised nearly $400,000 to support new arts programs, including seven $10,000 grants to Any Given Child Fresno pilot schools.

Jacksonville, FL: In its first year of Implementation, Any Given Child Jacksonville has been mentioned in more than 17 instances of print and broadcast media.

Madison, WI: Any Given Child Madison received a $125,000 gift from the estate of Carl M. Hudig to support the goals created by its Community Arts Team. Additionally, the school district created a new full-time position for an Arts Education Instructional Resource Teacher.

Missoula, MT: 5,000 students were served in coordinated arts education activities with partnering organizations. The school district added 1.5 FTE new visual arts teaching positions.

Portland, OR: The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors committed to .5 additional FTE for middle school students in every K-8 school when data revealed a disparity in arts education instruction compared to students attending stand-alone middle schools.

Sarasota, FL: The school district was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive $1.2 million over four years through the Professional Development Arts Educators Grant Program to use arts integration to improve student growth.

Sacramento, CA: Twin Rivers Unified School District hired additional arts specialists, allowing the district to provide at least one arts discipline for every K – 8 student. Robla Unified School District also hired additional arts specialists, allowing the district to provide one full-time visual arts specialist for every school in the district.

Southern Nevada: As a result of Any Given Child in Southern Nevada, Doral Academy opened the first arts integration public charter school in Clark County School District in August 2013. Due to the overwhelming success of the school in its first year, Doral Academy opened a second campus in the 2014-15 school year, and a third in 2015-16.

Selected Outcomes, 2011 - 2014

Austin, TX: The school district has added the equivalent of 8.5 full-time creative learning positions. Together, the school district, community arts organizations, and universities have provided $2,814,839 in additional support for arts education.

Baltimore, MD: Half-time positions for visual arts or music teachers have been mandated for every elementary and middle school. Many schools are above this staffing level; however, this is the first time the district has articulated a minimum requirement.

Fresno, CA: The school district has allocated an additional $2 million for arts education.

Jacksonville, FL: The superintendent has allocated an additional $1.8 million for arts education.

Portland, OR: The equivalent of 23.5 full-time arts education positions have been added to Portland Public Schools. A new public fund, supported by local income tax dollars, is providing grants for arts access programs and restoring certified art and music teachers to every elementary school in Portland Public Schools and five other districts.

Sacramento, CA: In 2009, only 17% of K-8 students were participating in any arts experience during the school day. Today, 100% of K-8 students have the opportunity to participate in the arts.

Springfield, MO: Community arts organizations have added performances and exhibitions to ensure every child has at least one cultural experience each year.

Tulsa, OK: There has been a combined total of $998,885 in increased funding for arts education from the school district, community arts organizations, and foundations.

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.

For more information about Any Given Child call (202) 416-8843

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