MADISON, WIS. – The Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., has selected Madison, Wis., for its “Any Given Child” program, which will launch this fall.
The ultimate goal is to establish a long-range arts education plan to reach every public school student in grades K-8. The multi-year effort will enable experts from the Kennedy Center to work with a panel of local citizens in cities throughout the United States as they audit the resources currently available in the schools and plan for increased access to arts programs for every school and every child.
Susan Lipp, owner and chairman of professional audio, video, AV, lighting and musical instrument supplier Full Compass Systems, served on the committee which helped to bring the program to Madison.
In selecting the city, staff members intend to extend the reach and resources of the arts education that is already in place. In addition to music and the visual arts, “Any Given Child” places special emphasis on dance and theater, which are not typically offered in Madison schools.
“Arts education is a critical part of any child’s development and a rich variety of art experiences should be a given for every child,” said Lipp. “Even in Madison schools, staffed with devoted educators, there are children who are underserved. ‘Any Given Child’ will provide us with expertise, leadership and a plan to see that the goals of the program are realized and every child will benefit.”