Juneau is very proud to be the 11th national site chosen for the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative. The primary goal of the Kennedy Center’s program is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8.
Any Given Child Juneau GOALS:
- Shuká Hít and Exhibit visit @ Walter Soboleff Building: All 2nd Grade Students have a pre-lesson on the clan house and glass screen before visiting for storytelling and a lesson on displayed regalia or at.óowu. This excursions takes place annually in November to commemorate Walter Soboleff’s anniversary of his birth and is provided through collaboration with and support from Sealaska Heritage Institute.
- “The Orchestra Sings” student concert with Juneau Symphony: All 5th Grade Students, with support of music teachers, learn songs in the months preceding the concert excursion in order to play along with the Symphony during this interactive show. This excursion takes place in during the winter symphony season and is provided through collaboration with Juneau Symphony and support from Carnegie Hall Link Up and First Student.
- Theatrical Production @ Perseverance Theater (2015 and 2016): All 8th Grade Students receive a pre-lesson from actors, directors, or education staff prior to attending a production from a professional theater company. This excursion takes place to coincide with a selected production and has been provided through collaboration with Perseverance Theater and support from the Juneau Lynn Canal CHARR.
- Dance Production with Juneau Dance Theater: All 6th Grade Students receive a pre-lesson from JDT’s ballet master on dance techniques along with a preview prior to attending JDT’s Spring Showcase. This live performance highlights a variety of dance styles from jazz, ballet, modern and tap featuring Juneau’s top dance talent. This excursion is supported by Juneau Community Foundation.
The goal of the Any Given Child Juneau initiative is to create full access to and equity in arts education programs and resources for K-12 students.
To achieve this goal, the Community Arts Team:
1) Developed long-term goals and short-term action steps for planning, implementing, and sustaining arts education programs and resources for students.
2) Established an organizational infrastructure to oversee and sustain an effective effort, including a dedicated working group of key community leaders and a dedicated Any Given Child coordinator sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
3) Works to develop support systems (including data collection, resources, and professional development) for arts education providers, such as classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, arts organizations, and teaching artists.
4) Seeks to secure funding and other resources necessary to sustain the community’s long-term goals for K-12 arts education for every child.
5) Plans for communication and collaboration with policymakers and leaders to influence arts and education policy in the school district, local government, and arts organizations, so that the initiative’s gains are institutionalized.