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John F. Kennedy Quote

I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens.

– President John F. Kennedy

Since 1971, Kennedy Center Education has set the bar for arts learning, creativity, and accessibility by providing powerful, culturally relevant experiences for all. Onstage and online, in the classroom and the community, Kennedy Center Education serves over seven million learners each year.

We invite you to join us in exploring every art form, for every age, everywhere.

Kennedy Center Education Programs

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Engaging through Performances

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Performances for Young Audiences

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Performances for School Groups

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Performances for Families?

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NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

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NSO in School Ensembles?

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Community Engagement

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NSO in your Neighborhood

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WNO Opera in the Outfield

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KC Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

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Discovery/Experience [New Recommended Name – Deepening Discovery OR Explore the Arts]

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Explore the Arts

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Fostering Artistry

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Pre-professional

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Any Given Child

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WNO American Opera Initiative

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WNO Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

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WNO Opera Institute

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WNO Young Associates

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Young Audiences Programs in Ballet/Opera/Classical Instrumental Music

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WNO American Opera Initiative

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Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell

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NSO Summer Music Institute

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NSO Young Associates

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NSO Youth Fellowship Program

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The Marian Anderson Vocal Award

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VSA Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

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Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead

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Ballet Class Series

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Festivals

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Conservatory Project

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KC American College Theater Festival

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New Visions/New Voices

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Competitions

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NSO Young Soloists’ Competition

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VSA Emerging Young Artist

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VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities

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VSA International Young Soloists

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VSA Playwright Discovery Program

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Building Capacity

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Strategic Leadership

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Any Given Child

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Networks & Conferences

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Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Network (LEAD)

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Research & Evaluation

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Research & Evaluation

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ArtsEdge

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.

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.

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.