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Education at the Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center Education

Arts education as a mechanism for change.

At the Kennedy Center, we strive to engage and uplift all learners through quality arts education—in ways that spark curiosity, build empathy, and embolden citizen artistry.

 

Building the Future
of Arts Education

Professional development for educators. Summer intensives for young artists. Teaching artist guided activities. Performances for young audiences. Classroom lesson plans. Arts-focused digital media.

Kennedy Center Education offers a wide array of resources and experiences that inspire, excite, and empower students and young artists, plus the tools and connections to help educators incorporate the arts into classrooms of all types.

Our current teaching and learning priorities include:

Digital Resources Library

A robust collection of articles, videos, and podcasts that allow students of all ages to explore and learn about the arts online.

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Current Topics in Arts Integration

Current approaches to arts integration in the classroom, inclusion, rigor, and adopting an arts integration approach at the school and district level.

A group of teens performing the musical, "In the Heights."

An asynchronous online course that invites educators and administrators to think about our students’ disabilities as social and cultural identities that enrich our classrooms and communities.

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2022-2023 Performances for School Groups

2023-2024 Performances for School Groups

Browse the complete season and register your school group for education performances and events in our 2023-2024 season!

Complete the form below to join our mailing list and receive information on upcoming programs and performances from Kennedy Center Education.

Black history through the Arts

Black history through the Arts

Explore our curated collection of educational resources focusing on the importance and impact of Black artists and artistry throughout American history.

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Meet Jacqueline Woodson: Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence

Explore our Programs & Resources

Discover the Magic Performances & Programs

Theater, music, and dance performances belong in the hearts and minds of learners of all ages and abilities—we invite you to be a part of the wonder that our performances and arts education programs inspire.

Uplift the Classroom Resources for Educators

Professional development programs, workshops, evidence-based resources, replicable best practices—and more—all inside.

Nurture Talent Opportunities for Artists

Labs, class series, workshops, internships and competitions are a few of the opportunities to explore.

Evolve & Grow Research, Networks, & Conferences

How do we ensure we’re best engaging students? Through research, analysis and ongoing national collaboration on best practices.

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We acknowledge that the Kennedy Center is standing on the traditional land of the Nacotchtank and Piscataway peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have been the stewards of this land throughout the generations.

Kennedy Center Education

Generous support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Gifts and grants to educational programs at the Kennedy Center are provided by A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation; Annenberg Foundation; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Bank of America; Bender Foundation, Inc.; Carter and Melissa Cafritz Trust; Carnegie Corporation of New York; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Estée Lauder; Flocabulary; Harman Family Foundation; The Hearst Foundations; the Herb Alpert Foundation; the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation; William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; the Kimsey Endowment; The King-White Family Foundation and Dr. J. Douglas White; Laird Norton Family Foundation; Lois and Richard England Family Foundation; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; The Morningstar Foundation; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; 

Music Theatre International; Myra and Leura Younker Endowment Fund; the National Endowment for the Arts; Newman’s Own Foundation; Nordstrom; Park Foundation, Inc.; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Prince Charitable Trusts; Soundtrap; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; Rosemary Kennedy Education Fund; The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates; The Victory Foundation; The Volgenau Foundation; and Volkswagen Group of America. Additional support is provided by the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

The content of these programs may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.