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October 2015

Fall Offers a Harvest of Arts Opportunities

The temperatures outside might not feel like it quite yet, but fall has arrived and that means we are in full swing at Any Given Child Sarasota bringing the arts and arts-integrated instruction to life for students and teachers in Sarasota County Schools.

In this month's e-news, we'll share highlights from our kickoff event for Project Elevate; introduce you to a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist who is transforming the way students learn math and science through the arts; and bring you news about upcoming performances that our partners at Sarasota Ballet are making possible for area 3rd graders.

Now on with the news!

Project Elevate Blasts Off

Thank you to The Hermitage Artist Retreat for hosting the kickoff event for our Project Elevate grant on Friday, September 25. Throughout the day, staff from Any Given Child Sarasota and our grant partner, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, gathered with teachers and administrators from each of the Title I schools benefitting from the grant (AtwaterBrentwoodEmma E. Booker and Tuttle) to help prepare them for the launch of Project Elevate in their schools beginning this month.

In addition to reviewing the grant components, participants also engaged in a number of interactive strategies led by our new arts integration specialist, Jessica DiLorenzo, designed to familiarize them with arts-integrated instruction and how it impacts student learning outcomes.

Visit the Any Given Child Sarasota Facebook page to view photos and learn more about the workshop.


New AIL Season Starts November 4-5

Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Marcia Daft will be our special guest on November 4-5, as Any Given Child Sarasota and The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall launch season two of our successful Arts Integration League (AIL) series of professional development workshops for Sarasota K-12 teachers.

Daft is a professional musician and nationally-known arts educator whose workshops on using music and movement to engage students in math and science have earned widespread acclaim.

To learn more about the Arts Integration League, email Any Given Child Program Manager Maria Schaedler-Luera.


Theatre of Dreams for Students Oct. 20-22

A big thank you to our partners at Sarasota Ballet for offering an incredible opportunity for area 3rd graders to experience the arts this October 20-22. As you will recall, last year the ballet welcomed 3rd graders from throughout the school district to special performances of their acclaimed original production of The Secret Garden. This year, they are opening their doors once again with special performances of their 25th Anniversary showcase, The Best of Theatre of Dreams! 

Thanks to the ballet's generosity, nearly 2,000 area 3rd graders will thrill to the choreography and artistry of the ballet's premier performers while also enjoying special lesson plans prepared for their teachers by ballet staff and members of the Sarasota School District.

Learn more by visiting the EdExploreSRQ website.


Change Young Lives through the Arts

Through grants like Project Elevate, professional development programs like the Arts Integration League and community partnerships like those highlighted in this newsletter, Any Given Child Sarasota is helping realize the dream established by members of our local community five years ago to develop and build high-quality arts education programs and instruction in our local schools.

Won't you join us? Give today by visiting our online donation page on the Community Foundation of Sarasota County website and selecting the "Any Given Child Fund." Or contact Program Director Brian Hersh at to explore giving opportunities that match your personal interests and goals.

Together, we can bring the arts to life for ALL students in Sarasota County Schools.

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