The John F. Kennedy Center has been awarded a grant under the Arts in Education National Program to provide arts and arts education experiences for students, teachers, families, and the general public in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan community and throughout the nation.
The Kennedy Center opened in September 1971, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation to create a National Cultural Center.
For the past 40 years, the Kennedy Center has been committed to developing and implementing quality arts education and arts integration initiatives for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 children and youth throughout the nation. The Center strives to provide unique art education opportunities for those in underserved communities and those with disabilities.
Each year, the Center's educational programs directly serve more than 11 million people, including opportunities presented through the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and VSA.
Through the grant under the Arts in Education National Program, the Kennedy Center will develop, implement and/or expand its efforts in arts education and arts integration on the national level for pre-k – grade 12 children and youth with a special emphasis on serving children from low-income families and children with disabilities by:
Providing model arts education and arts integration programs and resources.