The Any Given Child Program
In 2012, the City of Fresno became the tenth U.S. city chosen by the Kennedy Center to participate in the Any Given Child (AGC) program. The program provides assistance in developing and implementing a plan for expanding arts education in the schools, ensuring access and equity to the arts for all students in grades K-8. The assistance from the Kennedy Center is in the form of professional development for teachers and administrators, advice, training, and guidance on arts integration. In partnership with Fresno Office of the Superintendent of Schools (or FOSS, formerly known as FCOE for Fresno County Office of Education) the Fresno Art Museum was chosen as a partner to provide visual arts to teachers and students and became a visual arts destination for every third grader and their teachers in the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD), which has over 6,000 third grade students. During the 2017/18 school year, the program was expanded to include the Sanger Unified School District and another 1,000 third graders.
The Fresno Art Museum curates one exhibition annually which focuses on illustrations and illustrators to support the program and has created, in cooperation with FOSS and FUSD, an arts-integrated unit plan. The current exhibition is entitled Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences featuring the illustrations of Rafael López for the book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor. More information can be found here.
NOTE THAT EVERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY IN FRESNO COUNTY will have a copy of Just Ask! available soon, in English and Spanish.
For the convenience of teachers involved in this program, you can download program materials below:
2021/2022 Art Integrated Unit Plan (for FUSD)
This unit plan connects to the online asynchronous and synchonous tour/visit and to the in-person Museum visit OR it can be used without an actual visit.
ONLY VIRTUAL TOURS ARE AVAILABLE FOR 2ND TO 4TH GRADE STUDENTS AS FAM IS TOTALLY BOOKED FOR MORNING SESSIONS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR AFTERNOON TOURS
(If you are a third-grade teacher in Fresno or Sanger USD, you will be scheduled shortly.)
All teachers planning to visit a museum can share this great video on museum etiquette with students. It was produced by KQED in collaboration with BAVC's youth production project, The Factory, and the de Young Museum's teen ambassador program in San Francisco, CA. Click here to watch.
Teachers! Do you need some help with teaching a visual art lesson? Please feel free to watch any or all of the episodes of ART IS made by our local PBS station. They were created by Dr. Terry Allen, a former Clovis area principal and art educator who also helped develop the Fresno Art Museum's ArtSmart program. Click here to watch.
Images above: © 2019 Rafael López