2016-2017

The primary goal of the Any Given Child initiative is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades Pre-K- Grade 8.

Leaders from the school district, higher education and from the arts and business communities serve on a Community Arts Team to develop and implement the strategic arts education plan for the school district.

Rider students teach children drumming

Click on this link to learn about the Drumming for Children with Autism project in the Trenton NJ Public Schools, provided by WCA and funded by a Kennedy Center VSA grant.

Any Give Child was able to facilitate the cooperation of Rider University and the Kennedy Center to help bring drumming lessons to kids with Autism. 


Alex, WCA music education student commented: "It’s easy to agree that music is important in a student’s academic diet, but the changes exhibited in these children’s behavior prove that music is truly essential in education."


Ms. G., a classroom teacher reported: "In all the years I have taught children with autism we have never had an opportunity to learn music in this way."

Rider students teach children drumming.

Partners who provided programs this year are the McCarter Theatre CenterYoung Audiences, and The Westminster Center for Community Engagement and Critical Pedagogy at Rider University.

Resources for educators


Arts Ed Now is a statewide initiative that focuses on empowering community members to increase their local schools participation in arts education. They have an extensive section of tools that can be downloaded and printed. 


The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established by Steve Van Zandt. TeachRock is the Foundation’s national middle and high school curriculum initiative. Created to address the challenges of an environment in which schools face cuts to arts funding, TeachRock includes interdisciplinary, arts-driven materials designed to keep students engaged and in school. Its groundbreaking curriculum is available at no cost to educators.


Kennedy Center Arts Edge resources is an extensive digital collection of resources for arts instructors who want to include more arts in their work.