Program Process & Timeline
The Any Given Child program is an adaptive model that unites the resources of the Kennedy Center with a local Community Arts Team (CAT). With the ongoing guidance of Kennedy Center education consultants and staff, the CAT meets monthly over a period of several months to gather data on the current status of arts education programs and resources in and out of schools and develops long-term goals to achieve a collective vision for arts education in their schools.
During the first stage of the program, the Strategic Planning Phase, the CAT begins their work by adapting and implementing a series of survey instruments provided by the Kennedy Center. The CAT analyzes information from the survey results, notes gaps in services for students, and recommends key goals for moving forward. At the conclusion of the strategic planning process, the CAT will have created a prioritized list of action steps, as well as long-range goals for strengthening arts education, along with a timetable for implementation. Kennedy Center staff meets with the CAT to identify appropriate resources for implementation of the new arts education plan.
The Community Arts Team also develops a report about the data gathered through the strategic planning process and distributes it throughout the community. Additional presentations of the findings and recommendations are made at public gatherings.
In the second stage of the program, the Implementation Phase, the Kennedy Center's participation in the Any Given Child program continues for three additional years. During this time, the community designates a "lead organization" for the initiative and identifies a group of community members to oversee the implementation of the recommendations made at the conclusion of the first phase of the initiative. This group is responsible for governance and accountability, funding, communications, and marketing of the Any Given Child work.
While the program is not a funding program or a grant, the Kennedy Center can provide arts education resources to the Any Given Child community during implementation.
For complete process details, please review the Any Given Child booklet, pages 14 to 16.