Any Given Child - Tulsa

Wednesday, April 3

What's going with arts education in the 2013-2014 year? One organization in Tulsa is ensuring that every single TPS student has a more equitable arts education than ever before.

Any Given Child-Tulsa is a national program that is currently being utilized in nine cities including Tulsa. The non-profit organization collaborates with local arts organizations to supplement public student's education. The Tulsa Regional Chamber held an Education Forum on Wednesday, April 3 to learn from Amber Tait, director of Any Given Child-Tulsa, and Darrel Ayers, vice president of the Kennedy Center

Any Given Child seeks to bring access, balance, and equity to each child's arts education in Tulsa Public Schools. Tulsa was the fifth site chosen nationally for this project, which uses an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center.

Ayers shared implementation strategies for the program specifically in regard to Tulsa resources. 

"Any Given Child surveys a community and leverages what's already happening; we work to provide better art equity and access for all students," said Ayers.

There are specific entities that must support and endorse the Any Given Child initiative in order for a community to qualify for the Any Given Child program; the first is an arts organization endorses, the second is the Mayor's office and third is a school district. Ayers noted that a special bonus in Tulsa was the support of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Once it had been decided that Tulsa would be the fifth Any Given Child location in the United States a Community Arts Team was organized and began meeting monthly in September 2011. The Community Arts Team is made up of local members as well as the national Any Given Child organization to help create a Tulsa mission and plan of action.

"We believe that all Tulsa Public School students must have equal access to sustained, high quality learning in the visual and performing arts. Every K-8 student should engage in live arts experiences through partnerships across the community and with arts specialists and classroom teachers who integrate the arts into ongoing classroom learning and connect students to the world around them. We value opportunities for all Tulsa children to create, communicate, and think in concrete and abstract ways. For Tulsa children, families, and the community, the arts are essential."

Tulsa Public Schools worked with Any Given Child-Tulsa and an extensive list of community partners to allow every single student in the district a different live arts experience every single school year. Additionally students will receive "meaningful, integrated curriculum for each live arts experience" which will support the Common Core Standards which go into effect in the 2013-2014 school year. An example of integrated curriculum is that eighth grade students would learn about the science of sound waves and attend a symphony performance.

"We were really fortunate to be organizing the Any Given Child [Tulsa] curriculum when TPS was creating the new Common Core Standards curriculum so it will be 100% integrated into the Tulsa school curriculum," said Tait.

The overall Any Given Child plan will include the aforementioned live arts experience but will also ensure 'arts integration' and 'arts for arts sake.' The arts integration component includes Common Core subjects integrated with arts education a minimum of three times a school year; this is in addition to the integrated live-arts experience. 'Arts for arts sake' is ensuring the continuation of specialty arts teachers who are hired specifically to teach students theater, dance, visual arts and music.

For a list of partner organizations click here. For a list of yearly live-arts experiences provided by the Any Given Child partner organizations click here.

If you are interested in finding more information about Any Given Child-Tulsa, please email Amber Tait, A copy of the phase 1 report can is available for download here.

Tulsa Regional Chamber Education forums are presented by:

Education forum Gold Sponsors:
D.W. Gates Engineering

Education Benefactors:

Any Given Child-Tulsa Fiscal Sponsor
The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, Hardesty Arts Center

Any Given Child-Tulsa Partner Organizations
The Philbrook Museum
The City of Tulsa
Tulsa Community College
Tulsa Opera
Project Creates
Gilcrease Museum
Tulsa Symphony
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
The Kennedy Center
Tulsa Ballet
The Serwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
Brady Craft Alliance

TPS Live Arts Experiences by Grade Level

Kindergarten: PAC Trust and Tulsa Library
First Grade: Gilcrease Museum of Art
Second Grade: Tulsa Opera
Third Grade: Philbrook Museum of Art
Fourth Grade: Chamber Music Tulsa & Choregus Productions
Fifth Grade: Tulsa Ballet
Sixth Grade: Hardesty Arts Center & 108 Contemporary
Seventh Grade: Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
Eighth Grade: Tulsa Symphony Orchestra