The mission of the Any Given Child initiative is to assist communities throughout the nation to strategically design, implement, and sustain arts education programs and resources that ensures access and equity for all students, grade K-8.
The initiative has created a growing network of communities throughout the nation dedicated to this mission. In its first five years, the vision of Any Given Child is being realized in 14 communities. These communities are quite diverse: They represent school districts that range in size from approximately 3,400 K-8 students (Juneau, Alaska) to 220,000 students (Southern Nevada) and several have high Title I representation (as great as 83.8% in Fresno, California). Participating communities also range from urban centers (Baltimore, Maryland) to rural towns (Missoula Montana).
About Education at the Kennedy Center
For more than 35 years the Kennedy Center, along with its affiliates the National Symphony Orchestra and VSA (an international arts and disability organization) has provided quality arts education experiences through performances, residencies, workshops, conferences, career development programs, symposia, and on-line and print resources. Each year, the Center’s education programs have impacted more than 11 million people across the nation. The educational mission of the Kennedy Center is to foster understanding of and participation in the arts through exemplary programs and performances for diverse populations of all ages that represent the unique cultural life and heritage of the United States.