One of the class role models is Misty Copeland, who became the first African-American female principal dancer in New York’s American Ballet Theatre‘s 75-year history. AGC Jacksonville initiated a collaboration between Ingenuity, the Kennedy Center and the NEA to launch the artlook® Project. The program is a three-year initiative to gather comprehensive data to improve equitable access to arts education. Jacksonville is one of eight cities nationally, and the only city in Florida, to participate in the program.
The Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) Any Given Child program has a goal to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8.
One of the schools chosen to participate was Brentwood Elementary school located in the designated urban core of Duval County. The school now offers after school ballet classes, leading the way to shape and nurture students artistic dance form and fluidity.`
The Cathedral Arts Project is a nationally recognized nonprofit provider of quality, comprehensive and ongoing instruction in the visual and performing arts for school-aged children in Northeast Florida.
“We are so excited to engage with the LEAD artlook® map. Arts education plays a critical role in the development of children, and we are fortunate that multiple community partners have come together to provide this new resource that will lead to greater access and equity,” said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene. Shown is Brentwood afterschool program teaching artist Paisley Gibson engaging students in instruction of ballet dance form.