published on May 11, 2016 - 10:35 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE) is receiving a $100,000 Arts Work grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

According to an FCOE press release announcing the award, the NEA’s Arts Work category grant supports “the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.”

FCOE will use the grant funding to expand the Any Given Child program to rural school districts that are bringing back the arts for all students. Any Given Child is a partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and leverages community resources to provide a high-quality arts education for all transitional kindergarten through 8th grade students.

Any Given Child began with the Fresno Unified School District and was later joined by the Sanger Unified School District. Through the NEA grant, more school districts will be able to join this network.

“The Fresno County Office of Education is honored to join with the National Endowment for the Arts in restoring arts programs to our schools,” said Robert Bullwinkel, FCOE program director. “We believe that the arts are a vital part of every student’s well- rounded education. We thank our partners in Fresno and Sanger and look forward to expanding Any Given Child throughout the county.”

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