In 2013, Missoula was chosen as one of fourteen cities to participate in the John F. Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child Initiative, a national effort to ensure equity and access to the arts for public school students. A Community Arts Team, comprised of local leaders, formed and met with Kennedy Center representatives to collect data on regional arts education programming, evaluate resources in and out of schools, and craft a strategic plan to achieve equitable and integrated arts education. In 2014, the Community Arts Team pledged to continue to champion arts education and formed SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning to facilitate arts education opportunities for MCPS students. SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming while fostering connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists to ensure all MCPS students access to the arts.