Any Given Child

 

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Springfield

Goal

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

Springfield “Any Given Child Data-Walk Document - Community Arts Agency partnership commitments and grade levels served

The Data-Walk document helps tell the story of the extraordinary financial support and quality arts programming services provided for students in Springfield Public Schools through the generosity of each of Springfield “Any Given Child’s” arts agency partnerships.

 

Springfield AGC Data-Walk numbers for the 2018-2019 school year

 

 

"Any Given Child" in practice...

 

 

Springfield Art Museum

Each year, the Springfield Art Museum welcomes all SPS 5th graders to its galleries. Since many students are visiting a museum for the first time, tours are designed to introduce students to a variety of ways that they can actively engage with art. Students explore the museum in small groups, often led by practicing artists. Activities encourage students to observe, interpret and discuss, making connections between their own experiences and the art that they encounter. Our goal is for students to feel comfortable, confident and excited about returning to a museum.

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Missouri State University Dance

Missouri State University has been a presenting agency with Any Given Child since 2013. All SPS eighth-grade students have the opportunity to attend two performances at the university. A theatre production is hosted in the fall, and a dance performance is hosted each spring, lending a unique experience as exposure to dance as an art form is limited in public schools. Students are given the opportunity to interact with performers. SPS has prepared teacher curriculum guides linked to the performances with pre-experience and post-experience guides.

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Springfield Little Theatre

Springfield Little Theatre’s “Literature to Life” presentation strives to promote literacy and inspire students to have a greater appreciation of the arts. Springfield Little Theatre has been a long time partner in providing programming for Grade 4 students, as part of a community partnership with the Springfield “Any Given Child” Program, with transportation to the performances underwritten by the Springfield Public Schools PTA Council. Attending a Springfield Little Theatre play or musical at the historic Landers Theatre is often a young person’s first exposure to a live theatre performance. All fourth grade students will receive language arts curricular and performance-related learning activities for both their classroom and to take home, designed to promote additional learning opportunities through reading, as well as exposure to the performing arts.

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Springfield Ballet

Since 1996, Springfield Ballet has provided busing for every second grader in the Springfield Public Schools system to attend a live, abridged performance of The Nutcracker at the historic Landers Theatre. This program is designed to expose all children to the art of ballet at an early age as part of the Any Given Child initiative. To enhance the learning experience, lesson plans are provided to the schools to be completed before attending the performance. For many of the children, this is their first experience being in a live theatre setting and viewing classical ballet. More than 46,000 students have been a part of this outreach project since it began!

Springfield Ballet is proud to be a part of Springfield's Any Given Child initiative, which seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child's arts education, using a model that combines the resources of Springfield Public Schools, local art groups, and the Kennedy Center for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Springfield Ballet's Second Grade Performances of The Nutcracker act as the second grade component of this program. "Offering a strong arts education component benefits students in their intellectual, personal, and social development," said Darrell M. Ayers, Kennedy Center Vice President of Education. "We want to ensure that every child receives a solid, meaningful arts education from kindergarten through eighth grade."

Study Guide for the Nutcracker.

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Plotline

Plotline is a film & media school that teaches the skills and knowledge to create original short films. As an Agency Partner of Springfield Any Given Child, they bring that programming into Springfield Public Schools to multiple grade levels. Teach hands on skills like video editing, screenwriting, cinematography and directing in a hands on environment. Student films of the program are screened theatrically.

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Springfield Symphony Orchestra

 

Since 1969, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s annual Young People's Concerts have impacted over 250,000 fourth grade children from all Springfield R-12 district schools, 50 area school districts, and students from private, parochial and home schools in Southwest Missouri. Each of the Young People's Concerts is specifically designed to be an in-depth learning experience and an opportunity to listen to live symphonic music and to gain valuable exposure to the elements of musical styles and eras.

The Springfield Symphony works with Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield arts community as members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of a demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the Symphony participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students.

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My Studio To Go

The My Studio to Go program provides Springfield Public School students access to art supplies and creative ideas. Inspired by the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Program and SPS’s Backpack Program, this initiative gives grade school students who may not necessarily have the means to explore the arts extra opportunities to discover and enrich their natural talents.

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Peter and The Wolf at Drury University

For more than 40 years, Springfield third-graders have attended a special performance of "Peter and the Wolf" at Drury University. The 1936 work by Sergei Prokofiev is designed to teach children about the orchestra through an easy-to-understand fairy tale about a boy and his animal friends being stalked by a wolf. Each character is represented by a different instrument and musical motif, helping build connections between the animated, colorful performers and their musical accompaniments. Prior to the performance, third-grade teachers are provided curriculum to help "Peter and the Wolf" come alive for their students. The composer's biography, audio examples, illustrations of instruments and more help students make connections to the power of music and performance, as well as encouraging them to be engaged, thoughtful audience members.

Study Guide for Peter and the Wolf by Breana Kavanaugh, Fine Arts and World Language Coordinator at Springfield Public Schools.

 

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Springfield Regional Opera

The Springfield Regional Opera has provided world-class, Missouri-made opera performances to Southwest Missouri since 1979, and as part of our mission to make this art form more accessible to the community, the SRO annually produces an education tour that introduces opera to over a thousand students in the Springfield Public School System. Our goal is to make opera and art song approachable to younger viewers in the hopes that they will continue to explore and benefit from this wonderful art form for life. We are proud to be a presenting organization for Any Given Child.

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Sculpture Walk Springfield

Sculpture Walk Springfield (SWS) is a privately funded grass roots organization dedicated to encouraging the artistic transformation of Springfield through outdoor sculpture, thus enhancing the quality of life and promoting economic vitality. Founded in 2014, the organization presents sculptures in the downtown and adjacent Jordan Valley Park on an annual rotating basis. The vision is to create a museum without walls with access to all. The sculptures, on loan from the artists, are on display for 10 months and then replaced with a new collection each April.

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Host Organization

Springfield Regional Arts Council & Any Given Child

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Springfield “Any Given Child” Fast Facts

Fast Facts

 

 

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child

 

Springfield “Any Given Child” Action Plan

Goals Action Steps Person Responsible Due Date Measures of Success or Impact on Students

Goal 1:  2019-2020: 

Ongoing program objective for continuity of existing programming and continued growth

 

1. Explore new potential arts agency partnerships

2. Expand art enrichment experiences-goal, two per grade toward all grade 

 

Russel, Facilitator

 

August 2020

 

Addition of new agency partnerships: 2018-2019 goal met by sustaining the three new agency partners, work toward additional agency partners for 2019-2020, while sustaining all current partners

 

Goal 2: 2019-2020: 

Continued support of existing programming partnerships and development of new sources for growth

 

1. Continue work on sustainable funding sources for enrichment

2.Continue partnership with MSU Advancement for additional support

 

Russell, Facilitator

 

 

Russell/ MSU (3rd grant secured)

 

August 2020

 

Sustain all existing partnerships at all grade levels, secure funding to support all existing partnerships for the 2019-2020 school year and support any new partnerships with new funding resources or partnerships

Missouri State University (MSU) $10,000 grant for Grade 8 secured

Goal 3: 2019-2020:

Development of new instructional materials for all programming experiences each school year

 

1. Develop new materials to support existing or new program additions

 

Kavanaugh - Curriculum

 Agency Partners - Presenters

 

August 2020

Continue to deliver quality supporting materials to accompany all arts enhancement opportunities

Goal 4: 2019-2020: 

Implementation of Communications Plan and marketing efforts for Springfield “Any Given Child

 

1. Operationalize Communications Plan with S.R. Arts Council, continue “Community of Practice” enhanced communications project through the production of films documenting arts agency partnerships (6 complete currently, potential for 5 additional)

 

Forrester, Arts Council

Russell, Facilitator

Bultas, Facilitator

 

August 2020

Maintain and expand Springfield Regional Arts Council partnership and expand web presence on District on-line and print informational materials

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archival Programming from our 10 year partnership with the Kennedy Center

 

Early Program Highlights

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MSU Programming Outreach

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Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Springfield