SPARK! Represents at the Any Given Child Exchange
Each year, Any Given Child Initiative communities gather to share successes and challenges and work toward increased impact together.
As defined by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
The primary goal of the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8. Although the initiative provides a structure for work to be accomplished, the Kennedy Center understands that every community is unique, and tailors the consultation and facilitation to each site.
The Kennedy Center brings to this initiative more than three decades of work with thousands of students, teachers, principals, school district administrators, business leaders, and arts managers across the country.
Equity in and access to a strong arts education remains an issue for too many students.
For most young people, access to arts education during their school years is sporadic and uneven. They may have access during some years and none during others. When they do participate in arts education, students may have uneven access to content-learning in or through some art forms and not others. Additionally, equity is an issue. Students in some schools have less access to arts education than students in other schools.
A strong district arts education plan is achieved when all students, in Kindergarten through grade 8, have ongoing and equal access to learning in and through all the arts-dance, music, theater, visual arts, and media arts.
Topics covered at the 2018 Any Given Child Exchange included: SPARK!/Any Given Child Missoula is now one of 25 communities across the nation working to create full access to and equity in arts education programs and resources for students. This year, MCPS Executive Director Julie Robitaille and Fine Arts Coordinator Liddi Elrod joined SPARK! Director Jackalynn Snow at the AGC Exchange.
Data Collection, Engaging Businesses, Trauma-based Learning and Resilience, Arts Education, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Fundraising and Marketing, Arts Integration Training/Professional Development
Some of the highlights that SPARK! was proud to share included:
The upcoming Montana Arts Integration Conference this June. Also, the Teacher Liaison role in our schools, and how that has helped our programs and communication, our data collection tools, our SPARK! Showcase Event, all K-8 teachers being trained in arts integration, our partnership with the University of Montana, every K-8 classroom having arts integrated residencies, every K-8 grade level accessing arts enhancement events and developing High School arts integration programs.
Our team left with a long list of wonderful ideas from the AGC Exchange. In addition, representatives of WolfBrown will visit Missoula as part of an intensive case study of the impact of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Initiative this May.