Springfield chosen as partner city for Any Given Child

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Springfield as the second partner city for Any Given Child, a program that creates a long-range arts education plan for students in grades K-8.

Press Release

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Kennedy Center press release

The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Announces Springfield, Missouri as Second Partner City for Any Given Child

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

SPRINGFIELD, MO. —The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen Springfield as the second 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 use existing resources of Springfield’s school system, along with those of local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center to create a plan for arts education specific to its community.

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 Springfield school district and community.

"Offering a strong arts education component benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development," said Darrell M. Ayers, Kennedy Center Vice President of Education. "We want to ensure that every child receives a solid, meaningful arts education from kindergarten through eighth grade."

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Announcement event at Moxie Cinema

At the Moxie Cinema, Springfield’s arts scene was the star of the show when the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Springfield Public Schools hosted the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and premiered a short film highlighting the scene.

The guest of honor was Darrell Ayers, vice-president in charge of education for the Washington D.C.-based Kennedy Center. Springfield is just the second (and one of seven overall) cities to be selected as part of the Any Given Child initiative, which focuses on creating, establishing and sustaining parts programming in communities and schools, with a focus on youth. Other cities in the program include Sacramento, Calif., Portland, Ore., Sarasota, Fla., Tulsa, Okla., Las Vegas and most recently, Austin, Texas.

The super-talented Glendale High School Chamber Orchestra provided music for the event.  The Kennedy Center’s Darrell Ayers addresses the crowd in the auditorium prior to the screening of "Any Given Child-Springfield."  The crowd filled the Moxie’s lobby.  The crowd filled the Moxie’s lobby.