Recently I was pleased to head over to Lincoln Elementary School with Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, Overture President/CEO Ted DeDee, and Kennedy Center Vice President for Education Darrell Ayres, to discuss the findings on the Any Given Child program and kick off phase two of the project. Any Given Child is an initiative that ensures that public school children have constant access to the arts throughout their entire academic career. The initiative includes five main goals: cultivate leaders and sustain systems for access and equity, create art rich schools, cultivate a community network, develop an accountability system to track progress, and advocate for the arts.
Research findings have consistently shown that students and educators alike have found arts to be a positive edition to their lives and assist them in developing essential skills and characteristics, including creativity, problem solving, confidence, and self-expression.
The release of the research findings marks the beginning of phase two of the project. Phase two will include implementing practices to fulfill each of the five goals. So far we have identified an art liaison in each school building and began setting up professional learning classes to teach artists to modify their art form in order to excel in an educational setting; but there is still more to be done! Check out the link below to learn more about the project!