May 2018
Time to Celebrate!

Thank you to our teachers, administrators, arts organizations, teaching artists, families and students who joined forces with us this year and embraced our vision to bring high quality arts education and experiences to students in Sarasota County. We are grateful to be a part of a community that works together and collaborates.  We can't wait to start the 2018-2019 school year and continue our growth. Have a wonderful summer!

Students at Atwater Elementary demonstrating their learning through Arts Integration
Students at The Ringling

After a successful professional development opportunity for our teachers at The Ringling in March, students had a chance to visit the grounds and experience the art collection of the museum while being guided by their teachers and museum staff. Teachers were able to apply what they learned as facilitators of visual thinking strategies and find opportunities to connect works of art with the curriculum. After these immersive experiences at the museum, students were able to continue applying their understanding of reading art at the Embracing Our Differences Art Exhibit at Bayfront Park.

Laura Steefel-Moore, Museum Education and Training Specialist at The Ringling, hosts Mrs. Gunderson's 5th grade class from Emma E. Booker.
Teaching Artist Melanie Rick

Kennedy Center teaching artist and co-founder of Focus 5, Melanie Rick, consulted with the Any Given Child Sarasota team early May to help plan and strategize the future of arts integration in Sarasota County Schools. The team had the opportunity to observe and meet with teachers, administrators and leaders in the district, as well as community partners to design a framework for arts integration that aligns with current national and district instructional practices. With Melanie's insight we were able to brainstorm the next phase of our project. We are very excited to keep growing while deepening and broadening our impact. Stay tuned!

Melanie Rick and Jessica Dilorenzo, Arts Integration Specialist, visiting Ms. Williams Pine View class.
Save the Dates

Upcoming Arts Integration Workshops opportunities for teachers:
  • June 5-6, from 8:30 am- 4:00 pm at the Venice Performing Arts Center: We will offer our 5th Annual Arts Integration League Summer Intensive in partnership with The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall .This summer we will bring back Kennedy Center teaching artist Sean Layne. Registration open in the Professional Development Website.

Teachers working with Sean Layne at our 4th Annual Arts Integration League Summer Intensive.
Thank you for helping us change young lives through the Arts!
Interested in what we do? Would you like to get involved? 

Contact Any Given Child Sarasota Program Director Brian Hersh at
give today by visiting our online donation page on the Community Foundation of Sarasota County website and selecting the "Any Given Child Fund".

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