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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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As the nation's center for the performing arts, the Kennedy Center is committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. To fulfill that mission, the Center strives to commission, produce, and present performances reflecting the highest standards of excellence and diversity indicative of the world in which we live, and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through arts education. Companies who operate out of the Kennedy Center include The Washington Ballet, Shear Madness, National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and Broadway Across America. "

About The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts is the national cultural center of the United States. Located in Washington DC along the Potomac River, the sprawling building, which opened in 1971, has three main performance spaces: the Eisenhower Theater, the Opera Hall, and the Concert Hall. There are also six additional venues within the center for smaller-scale productions. The Kennedy Center’s Grand Foyer is one of the largest rooms in the world, with 63-foot high ceilings and a length of 630 feet. In addition to theater works, the complex presents dance, music, and multimedia performances for all ages. The Kennedy Center supports the development of new works with commissions, and presents world-premiere productions. It is also a hub of performing arts education with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and a teacher training program, Changing Education Through the Arts.
  • Fun Facts About the Kennedy Center
  • First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had the idea to establish a national cultural center to help support unemployed actors during the Great Depression.
  • In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson broke ground on the Kennedy Center with a ceremonial first shovel dig.
  • The building is administered as a bureau of the Smithsonian Institution.
Notable Shows and Performances: The U.S. premiere of “Les Misérables” in 1986. Since 1978, the Kennedy Center has awarded artists and presented performances with the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
Washington, DC 20566
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Transportation & Parking

Parking: Kennedy Center Garage (2700 F Street NW)
    Foggy Bottom/George Washington University