Any Given Child forum to be held on April 3rd


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Updated: 3/29/2013 11:14 am Published: 3/29/2013 11:13 am


The Tulsa Regional Chamber will host an education forum to discuss the city-wide Any Given Child initiative which supports arts education.

Tulsa was the fifth city chosen nationally for this project; which seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child's arts education in Tulsa Public Schools. The program uses an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts organizations and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools said, “Educators have long known the important role that the arts play in having a well-rounded education, particularly when it’s integrated into other classroom learning. It’s even more important knowing that many TPS parents don’t have the resources to expose their children to the arts, whether it’s music, dance, theater or a trip to one of our fine museums. Tulsa Public Schools and our committed partners, through this partnership with the Kennedy Center, want to ensure that every child in grades K-8 has the opportunity to experience the joy of art. Any Given Child will make sure this happens."

In 2011, Any Given Child—Tulsa was formed as partnership between The Kennedy Center, The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools, The City of Tulsa and The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and overseen by the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.

In 2013, Any Given Child-Tulsa became a stand-alone initiative, for which the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa acts as a Fiscal Sponsor and partner. Other current partners include: Tulsa Public Schools, The City of Tulsa, The OU Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations, Tulsa Community College, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Opera, Philbrook Museum, Chamber Music Tulsa, Tulsa Ballet, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Contemporary 108 and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.

Many Tulsa Public School administrators, Tulsa leadership, representatives from local arts and philanthropic organizations and community volunteers are engaged in Any Given Child-Tulsa in partnership with the Kennedy Center. Too often our students' arts education is episodic and uneven or even totally non-existent from one school to the next.

The education forum will feature Darrel Ayers, vice president of the Kennedy Center, who will share an overview about the Any Given Child initiative. Amber Tait, Director of Any Given Child-Tulsa will share implementation strategies for the program specifically in regard to Tulsa resources. The forum will conclude with audience Q&A.

The forum will be held at the Tulsa Regional Chamber on Wednesday, April 3 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public; please RSVP to joannaslyter@TulsaChamber.com.


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