Houston and the coalition between HISD and the Arts Access Initiative are members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Selected because of their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of education in and through the arts, the community participates in collaborative efforts to provide equity and access in arts education for all students.
In August 2015, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts joined Mayor Annise Parker and HISD leaders to announce Houston's selection for the Any Given Child
program. For HISD's recap of the announcement, please visit HISD Blog
It Takes A Village: AAI Steering Committee and Working Groups
The Arts Access Initiative's work is driven by the expertise and insight of multi-sector leaders who serve on the Steering Committee and Working Groups. These cross-sector groups recommend strategies in the design, communication, direction and implementation of the work, which will guide the Initiative closer to achieving our vision for arts education in our city.
HISD's Innovative Curriculum Department is specifically leading a team to create a district-wide Creative Schools Designation. This team is co-chaired by Adam Stephens, Officer of Advanced Academics, and Douglas Torres-Edwards, Arts Access District Coordinator. Learn more about the team and its work by visiting the School Capacity and Engagement Leadership Team webpage
AAI Featured at the HISD 2016 State of the Schools Event
The Arts Access Initiative was recently featured at HISD's 2016 State of the Schools event. The district thanks MECA, Houston Symphony, and FotoFest: Literacy Through Photography for showcasing their impact in HISD schools at the event. In tandem with the event, HISD released a follow-up story about AAI's efforts this academic year, as well as AAI's plan to expand to 25 campuses in 2016-2017. Check out the follow-up story by visiting HISD News Blog
August Professional Development for New AAI Campuses
Edúcalos Spanish-Language Segment on AAI at Hartsfield Elementary
The Arts Access Initiative proudly supports HISD's efforts to expand dual language programming. We are proud of our work at Hartsfield Elementary, and we invite you to learn more by watching the brief Spanish-language segment below.