LIFT EVERY STUDENT
In 2017, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville partnered with Any Given Child Jacksonville to develop a pilot program that places Jacksonville artists as embedded residents in Duval County Public Schools during the 2017-2018 academic year. Jacksonville is a community that is rich in the arts, with world-class artists and cultural institutions. But, participating in the arts takes time and also require money. In too many Jacksonville homes, these resources are in short supply. Schools can fill gaps in access so that all students can be lifted by the arts.
CULTURAL SERVICE INTERNSHIPS
Launched in 2016, the Cultural Service Internships Program selects students from underserved neighborhoods for paid internship positions with organizations that receive funding through the City's Cultural Service Grant Program. The internships are part of a multi-prong approach to increase:
“Art makes an impact on individual lives, but also on neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Artists, arts workers, and arts industries play a critical role in shaping the life of a community. They can improve its aesthetic appeal and the civic pride of its residents. They can spur job creation, productivity, and economic growth. They can also provide spaces and opportunities for community members of different backgrounds to converge on a shared arts experience, one that summons their collective creativity and allows them to re-imagine their surroundings."
-National Endowment for the Arts (strategic plan 2014-18)