Program Creates a Long-Range Arts Education Plan for Students Grades K-8

 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Tulsa, Oklahoma as the fifth partner city for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8.  The program will incorporate existing resources of the Tulsa Public Schools system, along with those of local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to Tulsa. The city joins partnerships in Sacramento, California; Springfield, Missouri; Portland, Oregon; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Speaking at today’s press conference, Sandy Cardin, President of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, said: “It is our privilege to work closely with the Tulsa Public School system — under the excellent leadership of my friend Dr. Ballard — to ensure that today’s youth develop into self-sustaining individuals.  Our shared vision is one in which 100% of our students graduate high school fully prepared to thrive in college, technology school, or whatever adventure awaits them on their respective paths.  To that end, the partnership we are announcing today with the Kennedy Center, The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and other local arts organizations such as Philbrook and Gilcrease Museums, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Historical Society and Chamber Music Tulsa is just one important way in which TPS will upgrade opportunities for students as promised in the redesign of our school system.”

Any Given Child seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child’s arts education, using an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts groups, and the Kennedy Center.  With the assistance of expert consultation services provided by Kennedy Center staff and other professionals, community leaders develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for the school district and community.

The first phase of the program will entail a comprehensive audit of existing arts education resources and needs assessment by Kennedy Center staff and consultants. A review of the community and the school system will reveal what arts education resources currently exist, and what arts organizations and other community groups offer. Based on this information, a plan is created. The audit process takes approximately six to nine months.

During phase two of the program, a community committee makes recommendations to the school district and local arts groups on how best to implement the recently created long range plan, focusing on increasing arts opportunities for K-8 students.  In addition, educators and artists can take advantage of a wealth of resources available from the Kennedy Center, such as supplemental lessons with online interactive learning modules and videos available at, professional development for teachers and teaching artists, and many others. The goal of this second phase is to provide a tapestry of arts education, strategically weaving together existing arts resources within the schools with those available from community providers and the Kennedy Center in order to reach every child.

In 2009, the Kennedy Center and Mayor Kevin Johnson announced the first formal Any Given Child program in Sacramento, California and immediately began phase one of the program in October of that year.  Now in the implementation phase, Sacramento has added artist residencies in select schools and provided performing and visual arts experiences for all students K-8 in the two participating school districts.  In February 2010, Springfield, Missouri became the second school district to participate in the program. Portland, Oregon joined the program in June 2010, and Las Vegas, Nevada joined in December 2010.  The Kennedy Center is accepting applications from other cities around the country.

About Education at the Kennedy Center

For more than 35 years, the Kennedy Center Education Department has provided quality arts experiences for students, teachers, families, and the general public throughout the United States. In the past year, the Center’s education programs have directly impacted more than 11 million people.

The resources of the Department focus on producing, presenting, and touring performances and educational events for young people and their families; school- and community-based residencies and other programs that directly impact teachers, students, administrators, and artists through professional development; systemic and school improvement through the arts and arts integrated curricula; partnerships; creating and providing educational materials via print and the Internet; the development of careers in the arts for young people and aspiring professionals; and strengthening the management of arts organizations. For more information, visit the Center’s web site at

For more information about Any Given Childplease visit