Any Given Child Harrisonburg initiative

Contact Information

Regan Byrne


More than 800 seventh and eighth grade students in Harrisonburg City Public Schools will get to see actress Susanna Hamnett in Nearly Lear thanks to the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts’ participation in the new Any Given Child Harrisonburg initiative, in partnership with the Any Given Child national program overseen by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The program is focused on ensuring access and equity for all children in grades preK-8 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Students will have the opportunity to attend a matinee on Wednesday, November 18 or Thursday, November 19. Each 80-minute performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Hamnett, who both wrote the one-woman show and created school-based curriculum for it. According to Regan Byrne, executive director of the Forbes Center, teachers will have used the study guide made available to them to prepare the students for the performance.

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Involves Faculty, Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU




Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Primary Focus of Program

Education PK-12

Community Partner Name

Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Any Given Child, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning



On/Off campus

On campus

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