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Allison Galloway-Gonzalez on Any Given Child and Value of the Arts

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Feb 24, 2017

Allison Galloway-Gonzalez, executive director of Any Given Child Jacksonville (AGC) and chief program officer at the Cathedral Arts Project (CAP), was recently interviewed by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. In the interview, she discusses the launch of AGC Jacksonville (which was spearheaded by CAP alongside Duval County Public Schools and the City of Jacksonville), the strategies that have made the initiative successful, and her views on the importance of arts and culture.

Speaking about the importance of engaging a wide, diverse audience, she notes: “Our allies were the first to engage, of course, and those folks have populated the working groups and participated in creating strategies. The school district engaged from the onset and has been our key ally in making direct and immediate changes to  program access at scale. Recently we have partnered with WJCT to create several arts education-focused programs that are accessible to the general public and focused on extremely contemporary topics.”

She goes on to discuss what she would like to see form the arts and culture community: “We must start early and plan for the long haul. There is very little instant gratification in this work. We must be thoughtful about engaging new collaborators. We must work from our commonalities AND our differences because those are where the true strengths lie. We must understand motivations, actions and consequences in order to find the best path forward. We must be ready to fail – publicly, often and hard – because it is those failures that will help reveal the next step. Then we must critique constructively, not people, not outcomes, but assumptions and processes.”

Read the full interview here.

About Cathedral Arts Project

The mission of Cathedral Arts Project (CAP) is to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Florida through unleashing the creative spirit of young people. By providing access to instruction in the visual and performing arts, we empower underserved, school-aged children to succeed in all areas of their lives. Our vision is for every child in Northeast Florida to have access to a well-rounded, arts-rich education that endows his or her spirit with the imagination, self-confidence, and strength of character that inspires great leadership and a will to succeed.

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