Any Given Child     

    Missoula Vision Statement

    The arts are essential.  All Missoula County Public School (K-8) students must have equal access to diverse arts learning opportunities that inspire curiosity, communication, and creativity. 

    Missoula was selected to participate in the Any Given Child Initiative as part of the Kennedy's Center Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Program.  As part of this initiative SPARK! was developed bringing students, educators, and local artists of all ages and talents together.    
  • Goals

    • Develop and carry out long-term goals and short-term action steps for planning, implementing, and sustaining arts education programs and resources for students.
    • Establish an organizational infrastructure to oversee and sustain an effective effort.
    • Develop support systems (including data collection, resources, and professional development) for arts specialists, administrators, arts organizations, and teaching artists.
    • Secure funding and other resources necessary to sustain the community's long-term goals for K-8 arts education for every child.
    • Communicate and collaborate with policymakers and leaders to influence arts and education policy in the school district, local government, and arts organizations, so that the initiative's gains are institutionalized.

    Working with the Missoula Community 

    Missoula County Public Schools with the assistance of the  Kennedy's Center's Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Program will continue to develop and implement a plan for expanded arts education through a three phase process.


    • Phase One:  Strategic Planning (Year 1) - 2013-2014:  A Kennedy Center Consulting team will guide the Missoula Community Arts team comprised of community members and educators in a strategic planning process.  Throughout Phase One, teams will determine the current status of arts education and identify gaps in existing programs and resources.  Findings will be used to develop long-range goals and action steps which are reported out.

    • Phase Two:  Implementation (Years 2-4) - Currently in year 2 2014-2015:  An Implementation Committee, along with the assistance of the Kennedy Center consulting team, will oversee the implementation of the strategic plan and provide access to select resources.

    • Phase Three:  Sustaining (Year 5 and beyond):  The Kennedy Center staff will continue to provide technical assistance and resources to sustain  and expand arts education offerings in the Missoula community.


    Questions?  Please contact Fine Arts Supervisor John Combs at jcombs@mcps.k12.mt.us.