Any Given Child

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child

Goal

To ensure that all children in the Springfield (MO) community are guaranteed a rich and full arts education.

Action Plan

Strategies Action Steps

Strategy 1:

Maintain quality of and participation in existing effective K-8 arts programs

  • Monitor funding sources to ensure sustainability for K-5 grade-level experiences with Springfield Ballet, Drury University Theatre Department, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Little Theatre, and Springfield Art Museum
  • Recognize and celebrate (showcase) ongoing K-5 grade-level programs provided by Springfield Ballet, Drury University Theatre Department, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Little Theatre, and Springfield Art Museum
  • Preserve existing instructional delivery for K-8 music and visual arts classroom
    instruction

Strategy 2:

Expand/Enhance access to current K-8 arts programs

  • Explore the feasibility of partnership for shared staff position to coordinate community arts education offerings
  • Utilize the Arts in Education Fund for additional financial support for community-based arts experiences
  • Identify funding sources to deepen arts field trip experiences through artist-in-residence opportunities
  • Increase access to community-based visual arts opportunities in the primary grades
  • Develop instruments to determine efficacy and outcomes of community-based arts experiences
  • Increase collaboration among teachers and arts organizations to develop and/or revise materials which prepare students for community-based arts field trips

Strategy 3:

Initiate additional opportunities for engagement in K-8 arts programs

  • Grow capacity in the Arts in Education Fund to provide support for existing and emerging grade-level arts experiences
  • Explore implementation of a SPS Fine Arts choice school
  • Expand opportunities for K-8 students to participate in Drama/Theatre, Dance/Creative Movement, and Film programs through their schools
  • Provide arts-related and arts-integrated professional development for K-8 classroom teachers, fine arts teachers and teaching artists
    • Identify school site(s) interested in implementing arts-integration programming
    • Explore innovative scheduling strategies to provide additional collaborative planning time for classroom teachers, fine arts specialists and teaching artists