The Kennedy Center received a $1 million gift from Newman’s Own foundation to endow its “Any Given Child” program, an arts-education program for K-8 grade students. The endowment will support the five-year-old program, which supplies comprehensive arts curricula to underserved school districts in 14 metro areas around the country, including Baltimore.
The program began in 2009 in Sacramento as a partnership with Mayor Kevin Johnson. It soon attained a presence in every region of the country, from Juneau, Alaska, to Sarasota, Fla. In each location, the Kennedy Center helps school districts develop an arts curriculum that fits the needs of local communities, working alongside community arts institutions and school districts. The Center’s goal is to minimize the cost of overhead and provide comprehensive audits of existing resources before developing a long-range arts education plans.
The Kennedy Center has received a slew of large gifts in recent months, after announcing a $125 million capital campaign to fund its first expansion project. As of December 2013, the Kennedy Center had raised more than 70 percent of its goal. Last Saturday, at the Center’s International Arts Leaders Forum, Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein said that the expansion project is expected to be completed by May 29, 2017, the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth.