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January 2016

Welcome to 2016!

Greetings from all of us at Any Given Child Sarasota. We hope you enjoyed the holidays and that the new year is off to a great start for you. 

Here is a look of what we have been up to and what we have upcoming in the month of January.. 


Elevating the Arts for Young Learners

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the culminating events for 2nd and 3rd grade students at Atwater, Brentwood, Emma E. Booker and Tuttle Elementary Schools in mid-December. The students did a wonderful job showcasing all they had learned about Florida habitats and environmental conservation this past fall through arts integrated lessons in their classrooms. Among the highlights were an exploration of Florida's marine environment featuring music, movement and dance and a theatrical production about the importance of protecting the endangered Florida panther. Any Given Child Sarasota arts integration specialist Jessica DiLorenzo will continue working with the students and their teachers this spring, with another set of culminating events taking place at the end of the school year.

Watch video highlights from this fall's Project Elevate programs

View a photo gallery of students at Emma E. Booker performing during the culminating event at their school

Read an article about Project Elevate from The Arts & Cultural Alliance's "Arts in Education" blog

Faces of Arts Integration - John Weida

Each month, we bring you news about events and happenings with Any Given Child Sarasota, but sometimes it is important to hear as well from the students, teachers and administrators being impacted by the use of arts integration strategies in their schools. Over the course of the next several issues, we want to introduce you to some of these individuals as part of a new video series we are calling "Faces of Arts Integration." This month we want to introduce you to Principal John Weida from Brentwood Elementary School, one of four Title 1 elementary schools in Sarasota County participating in Project Elevate.

Click here or on the photo for a video of Principal Weida discussing why arts integration is important

Melanie Rick Workshops on January 26-28

Any Given Child Sarasota is pleased to welcome Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Melanie Rick for three incredible workshops at the end of January. A former classroom teacher and noted national speaker, Rick has more than 20 years' experience helping teachers and schools align arts integration with best instructional practices and current research in the fields of arts and education. As a special bonus, two of Rick's workshops while she is in Sarasota will take place at The Ringling, providing a wonderful setting for attendees to experience these dynamic presentations.

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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