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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Helps New Orleans Win Arts Award

In New Orleans, many arts educators and advocates have been working for years to increase the amount of arts education available to our children.

The Kennedy Center launched the Ensuring the Arts Any Given Child program in 2009 to help cities address the increasingly urgent need to restore arts education in the schools, which too often is the first item to be cut when budgets get tight. To date, Any Given Child has helped 15 cities establish successful plans to reestablish meaningful arts education in K-8 schools.

In New Orleans, many arts educators and advocates have been working for years to increase the amount of arts education available to our children. The effort is especially challenging because of the decentralized school system in New Orleans, where more than 90 percent of public school students attend independently-run charter schools.

"The cultural economy of New Orleans is more important now than ever. Our culture serves as the backbone of who we are as a community and the cultural economy injects millions of dollars into our city,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Any Given Child provides New Orleans with an opportunity to collaborate on an educational future that includes a strong emphasis on the arts – supporting 21st Century learning skills students need to succeed in a global society, as well as the rich cultural heritage that defines our city."

New Orleans’s Any Given Child project was initiated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, KID smART, Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Artist Corps.

Any Given Child demonstrates the need and ability for stakeholders throughout the city to join hands to support an education that includes the arts.

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