Fall 2016
Thank you!

At this time of Thanksgiving our thoughts turn gratefully to our many partners who help ensure access to a quality arts education for every child.
At Any Given Child Sarasota, we believe that all students should experience the arts, in school and in the community, so that they may become creative, engaged learners, prepared to lead successful lives.
It takes a collaborative and collective effort from our community, including our arts organizations, philanthropic foundations and individuals, businesses, schools, and educators.

Thank you for making a difference in changing young lives through the arts! 

Jessica Oatman, Arts Integration Specialist, with 2nd grade students from Tuttle Elementary.
Project Elevate News

As part of our Project Elevate grant,  we participated in the 2016 Arts in Education Conference organized by the US. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement in Arlington, Virginia. The conference was attended by teams from more than 40 current Arts in Education grantees and focused on evaluation, dissemination, and sustainability.

With the help of our Project Evaluators from USF-SM, we have completed our Annual Performance Review, a full report on our first implementation year of Project Elevate to the U.S. Department of Education. After data analysis we have been able to identify that we are on track in making a positive impact.

Our report found that students are engaged and discovering many ways to deepen their understanding of content and express their knowledge. Teachers are enthusiastically diving into the creative process and exploring connections between drama and other content areas. As they work with their students, they are discovering that actors tools like voice, body, control, concentration and cooperation are also foundational pieces of classroom management.

Brentwood Elementary Students share out some of the acting strategies they learned to explore stories.
What else is happening?

Any Given Child Sarasota, in partnership with The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, were thrilled to host Kennedy Center teaching artists Imani Gozalez and Richard Jenkins in October and early November. With Imani, Sarasota County School teachers learned about Jazz and Soundscapes to improve reading comprehension and develop writing skills. Richard's workshops focused on Visual Arts, Language Arts and Science and teachers were able to learn skills and strategies to empower students to develop their own characters and stories.

Richard Jenkins works with Brentwood Elementary students in creating their own characters for story creation.
Help 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

Or 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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