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Baltimore schools join Kennedy Center arts program

The Kennedy Center in Washington is expanding an arts education program to Baltimore schools to help ensure every student in elementary and middle school has access to the arts.

The center is announcing Monday that Baltimore public schools will join the “Any Given Child” program. Local arts groups will be linked with schools to help provide instruction.

Baltimore joins eight other cities in the effort. The program began in 2009 with schools in Sacramento, Calif., and has expanded to include Springfield, Mo., Portland, Ore., southern Nevada, Tulsa, Okla., Sarasota, Fla., Austin, Texas, and Iowa City, Iowa.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city wants to improve access to the arts for young people.

A local nonprofit called Arts Every Day will help coordinate an audit of existing resources.