Any Given Child Madison

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child

Madison is proud to be the 12th city in a growing network of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child cities committed to ensuring our students have a quality, well-rounded education that provides access to the Arts.

An education that includes the Arts:

ENGAGES students and increases their learning and achievement

DEVELOPS essential skills that prepare our students to be successful in the 21st century workforce

PREPARES students to become productive members of their community

Teaching Artist Fabu with 2nd graders from Hawthorne Elementary

Teaching Artist Fabu with 2nd graders from Hawthorne Elementary

Statement of Need

There is currently an opportunity gap in arts education that exists among K-8 students in the Madison Metropolitan School District. 

Some students have the opportunity for multiple arts experiences nearly every day while others have very little. 

In order to create equitable access to a comprehensive arts education for our K-8 students, the community needs to increase its resource coordination and capacity, particularly with resources for certified arts specialists, arts integration in non-arts classrooms, and partnerships with community artists and organizations.

The Vision

It is the vision of the Any Given Child Madison that all students have access to a comprehensive arts education with inclusive, diverse and integrated learning in all art forms every year.

The Mission

The mission of the Any Given Child Madison is to strategically assist our community and partners in the design, implementation, and sustainability of arts education to ensure access and equity for all Madison public school students.


In order to support high quality arts education as an essential part of a well-rounded education for all students, the Any Given Child Madison Community Arts Team set the following long term goals:

  • Cultivate leaders and develop and sustain systems for access and equity
  • Create arts-rich schools 
  • Cultivate a community network 
  • Develop an accountability system that tracks and reports Any Given Child Madison progress 
  • Advocate for arts education 

For more information, view the full report of findings from 2014-2015 Phase 1 Report.


As we prepare the young people in our community to be college, career and community ready, it is essential that we invest in providing a well-rounded education that includes the arts for every child.

In July 2013, Madison, Wisconsin was named the 12th city in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program to make that investment happen. The primary goal of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program is to assist communities in developing a plan to ensure there is equity and access to arts education for all K-8 students in their schools. As a national leader in arts education, The Kennedy Center brings to this program more than three decades of work with thousands of students, teachers, principals, administrators, business leaders and art administrators across the country.

In 2012, leaders of the arts, education and city government began the application process for Madison to become an Any Given Child city. As conversations began, it was clear that all sectors of Madison—education, arts, business, government, and the community in general—were committed to ensuring our students have access to the rich tradition of arts in Madison, which is imperative as we prepare our students to be productive citizens for the 21st century. This commitment allowed for the quick formation of the Madison Community Arts Team, a cross-sector working committee of 40 invested community members.

For more information about the Any Given Child program on a national scale, please visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts