ALL children deserve a well-rounded education regardless of their economic status. Any Given Child New Orleans (AGCNO) is a collective impact project – gathering parents, the educational community, government, cultural institutions, business, and philanthropy – to ensure access for all children to an education that includes exemplary arts instruction.
By providing professional development opportunities, sharing information, supporting schools, and documenting the power of the arts in children’s lives, AGCNO supports excellence and access in arts education.
In 2014-15, New Orleans participated in a city-wide planning process. Facilitated by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and coordinated by KID smART, a 25 member Community Arts Team (CAT) engaged more than 1,200 people in 29 meetings to create a plan to ensure access and equity for children.
The year-long process resulted in five goals:
• Expand access to excellent arts rich schools
• Invest in arts education, developing resources to ensure sustainability
• Communicate and connect with stakeholders, partners and community
• Advocate for arts education by building understanding and support
• Connect students, parents and schools with arts education resources through a digital hub.
Lead partners in AGCNO are the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Artist Corps, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and KID smART. The initiative is housed at KID smART in the Arts Estuary.
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