Springfield chosen as second Any Given Child partner city

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.”