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April 2016


It has been a busy spring for all of us at Any Given Child Sarasota, so we have plenty of news to share in this month's issue.

Here is a look at what we have been up to since we last wrote...


Video: Project Elevate and Arts Integration

Still wondering exactly how we are using arts integration to impact 2nd and 3rd grade students as part of Any Given Child's "Project Elevate" grant? Then, check out our new video. Narrated by Maria Schaedler-Luera, the video takes an inside look at the work Any Given Child's Jessica Oatman is doing with teachers and students at four Title I elementary schools in Sarasota County. We think you will find it both entertaining and informative as to how arts integration can improve student performance across disciplines.

Click here to watch the video

Video: Teaching Students to Read Images

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Melanie Rick recently paid a visit to Sarasota, where she held two arts integration workshops at The Ringling Museum for Sarasota County Schools' teachers. During her stay, Rick also worked with students and teachers involved in our Arts Integration League (AIL) and Project Elevate. Her visit was supported by Any Given Child in partnership with the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, as part of our Arts Integration League.

Click here to see Melanie discussing how teaching students to "read" portraits can help more fully engage them in the learning context.

Any Given Child & Partners Present in D.C.

Any Given Child Sarasota Director Brian Hersh, along with Sarasota County Schools' EdExploreSRQ Manager Angela Hartvigsen and Kelli Maldonado of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, recently made a joint presentation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education 2016 Annual Meeting. The three spoke about the ways in which Sarasota County is taking the lead nationally in creating partnerships with local community partners and arts organizations to expand student learning outcomes through arts integration and active learning experiences. Way to go Brian, Angela and Kelli!

...Also from D.C., The AGC Exchange

Presenting before a national audience of teachers and arts educators as part of The Kennedy Center's Partners In Education 2016 Annual Conference was just one of the highlights of Any Given Child Sarasota Director Brian Hersh's recent trip to Washington, D.C. While in the nation's capital, Brian and Program Manager Maria Schaedler-Luera also took part in the annual Any Given Child Exchange. Among the highlights of this year's exchange was a tremendous presentation by PolicyLink's Michael McAfee on "Results Based Accountability in Collective Impact," as well as a visit to the National Opera for a performance of Lost in the Stars.   

Save the Date - AIL is Coming June 14-16

Hey, teachers! Save the date for this summer's Arts Integration League (AIL) professional development series. This year's series will take place June 14-16 at Venice Performing Arts Center, located at Venice High School. Don't miss out!

For more information, email our office today. 

Help Change Young Lives through the Arts

Every day, 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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