HARRISONBURG - Harrisonburg is the 15th city to partner with the Kennedy Center for its "Any Given Child" program, the organization's vice president for education announced on Tuesday.
The program connects resources at the cultural arts center in Washington, D.C., with school divisions around the country to make arts education opportunities available for children. Harrisonburg needs to raise $25,000 to participate in the program, which will be matched by $125,000 from the Kennedy Center.
The announcement was made at a press conference Tuesday morning at Clementine Cafe in downtown Harrisonburg. Darrell Ayers, vice president of education at the Kennedy Center, said the organization is excited to expand the program to its own backyard.
Mayor Ted Byrd, Harrisonburg City Public Schools Superintendent Scott Kizner and J.R. Snow, arts coordinator for HCPS, also spoke at the press conference.
HCPS will soon start a nine-month planning process with the Kennedy Center, which will include eight meetings and staff training.