The Kennedy Center

Education at the Kennedy Center

Every art form. Every age. Everywhere.

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Education at The Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the national champion for arts learning and creativity. Committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in, learn about, and understand the arts, the Center offers programs and events that strive to reflect the nation and its communities, and that are accessible and inclusive for all. From the Center's stages to classrooms and communities across the country, to online resources accessible nearly anywhere, the Center serves the burgeoning artist, the curious explorer, the student (of any age), the teacher and teaching artist—any person interested in arts learning and utilizing the arts for positive change.

As an essential component of the living memorial to President Kennedy, the Center’s Education programs utilize the arts to embrace the ideals of service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude, and cultivate the Citizen Artists in all the people we serve.

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The Kennedy Center, through its educational work, is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, the Arts Education Partnership, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and Americans for the Arts.

The U.S. Department of Education supports the educational efforts of the Kennedy Center. The contents of this brochure do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

National Influence

National Influence MapThe Kennedy Center supports the arts and education nationally through online resources, capacity-building partnerships, training opportunities, awards and competitions, and touring performances.

Research & Evaluation

tablet with research graphsThe Research and Evaluation team gathers data and conducts KC Education studies in order to improve programs, gather evidence of what works, and inform decisions about local and national arts education offerings.


ArtsEdgeAs the Kennedy Center's Digital Learning platform, ArtsEdge works to increase literacies in all the arts: dance, visual arts, music, theater, and media arts—for young people, the people who teach them, and the communities and organizations that support them.