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National Partnerships

Education at the Kennedy Center includes the following four nation-wide networks. The National Partnerships office manages Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, and Partners in Education. The VSA and Accessibility office manages the VSA affiliates network.

Any Given Child

The mission of the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child initiative is to assist communities in developing a plan for expanded arts education, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8.

Any Given Child assists communities in developing and implementing a plan to ensure equal access to arts education for all students in grades K-8. Although the initiative provides a structure for work to be accomplished, the Kennedy Center understands that every community is unique, and tailors the consultation and facilitation to each site. Sites also become part of a national network of communities who are also working toward the same goal and can share knowledge and experience.

Kennedy Center
Alliance for Arts
Education Network
(KCAAEN)

The mission of the KCAAEN is to advance learning in and through the arts for all students.

The KCAAEN is a network of statewide not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the Kennedy Center to support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of K-12 education in the United States.

Partners in Education

The mission of Partners in Education is to foster partnerships among arts organizations, schools, and communities.

The Partners in Education program is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships in the arts is to promote the professional learning of teachers.

VSA Affiliates

The mission of VSA is to create a society where people living with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.

VSA was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, and consists of a national and international network of cultural and educational organizations developing arts and education programs that serve individuals - youth and adults - with disabilities and the communities in which they reside. VSA provides technical assistance, professional conferences and training, tools and resources, and strategies for success.

Education at the Kennedy Center supports these networks through:

  • Professional Learning;
  • Resource Development; and
  • Technical Support.

Related programs from Education at the Kennedy Center include the following: