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Smith Center to be Home to Arts Education

One of the most prestigious performing arts centers in the country wants to help students in southern Nevada receive an education in the arts.

The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. is working with the Clark County School District and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts to make the soon-to-be-opened center a home to arts education.

The program is called Any Given Child. Officials from all three organizations involved announced the plans Friday. When the Smith Center opens in March, students from around southern Nevada will be bused there to watch plays, musicals and concerts. Performers will also regularly visit schools and hold workshops.

Darrel Ayers with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says the center chose CCSD because the school district of its size needed something to give kids motivation to stay school.

“A child who is involved in the arts is four times more likely to remain in school and three times more likely to score higher on SAT’s,” Ayers said.

He also says that students involved in the arts are also more likely to be in student government and, most importantly, graduate from high school.

Las Vegas is one of only seven cities that the Kennedy Center is supporting in the Any Given Child program. The center says it has received support from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the school district administration, the Smith Center and various performers.

A week-long celebration is planned for March for the opening of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the connected Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park.

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