Any Given Child Sacramento

Any Given Child - Sacramento

Teaching artist Kim Grace works with a student at Harmon Johnson Elementary during her visual arts residency

Arts for Any Given Child is a program initiative developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and piloted in Sacramento to bring access and equity to arts education during the school day for K-8th grade students. This is the fifth year of arts programming for the initiative, a partnership between the Kennedy Center, Friends of the Arts Commission, four school districts (Twin Rivers Unified, Sacramento City Unified, Elk Grove Unified and Robla School Districts) and artists and arts organization throughout the Sacramento region.

An important goal of the program is to develop a systematic, equitable process for making community arts resources available to the region’s schools. Friends’ Any Given Child Committee oversees the three areas of Any Given Child programming administered by Friends: Arts Exposure Experiences (arts assemblies, workshops and field trips), in-class arts residencies, and professional development for teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school administrators.

Did you know?

  • Most elementary schools in Sacramento County do not have music, art, dance, or theater teachers.
  • Most high schools in the County don’t offer enough courses in the arts for every student to take the one arts course required to be accepted to California’s state universities.
  • Most districts in the County have no academic arts plan or adequate administrative arts staff despite state laws requiring sequential arts education in public schools.
  • Most access to out of school or community-based arts programming is often determined by that population’s capacity to pay for it.