The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

As the nation's center for the performing arts, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 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.

**NOTE: Kennedy Center events for the entire year are available in the September Lottery.

 

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DIGGING UP DESSA
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Dessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Luckily, thanks to the mysterious appearance of a remarkable friend—the pioneering 19th- century English paleontologist Mary Anning—young Dessa knows just how to excavate them! After a field trip to a museum reveals that Mary Anning’s legacy has been buried by history because of her gender and lack of formal education, Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn her friend the credit she deserves. With help from her once-rival Nilo, Dessa sets to work unearthing the secrets hidden beneath the surface of the past and present—for Mary’s history and her own future.
Date: 2/6/18, 2/7/18, 2/8/18, 2/13/18, 2/14/118, 2/15/18
Time: 10:15AM and 12:30PM each day
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Science
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 50 per show
 
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NSO YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERTS 
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The NSO Young People’s Concerts are a part of the Kennedy Center-wide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. As a part of this yearlong celebration the program honors the creator of Young People’s Concerts by featuring his music and the idea that orchestral music can be accessible to everyone. Conductor, Emil de Cou with NSO Assistant Principal 2nd Violinist, Marissa Regni will demystify the music by breaking down the components of each piece through rhythm and melody. The concert includes well-known works by Bernstein, Grieg, and Stravinsky, and also introduces pieces to the students that they might not have experience yet. Special guest Christylez Bacon, DC native beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist will make an appearance, as well. Don’t miss this exciting program that shares with students the wonders of music!
Date: 4/26/18, 4/27/18 and 5/24/18 
Time: 11AM
Length of Event: 50 minutes
Location: Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity:  400 seats on 4/26/18, 400 seats on 4/27/18 and 200 seats on 5/24/18

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Professional Development Workshops

EVERYBODY SING FREEDOM: MUSIC AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Kim and Reggie Harris, singers and songwriters from New York
The music of African Americans directly influenced the quest for freedom during the Civil Rights Movement. By adapting spirituals, songs of faith, work songs, and popular songs heard on the radio, the leaders of the Movement were able to mobilize communities to protest and organize in their effort to inspire social change. In this interactive workshop, explore the development of these songs of struggle, the messages they convey, and gain a deeper understanding of this pivotal period in history. In addition, discover ways to help students update traditional songs by composing verses that address topics of current interest..
Date:  10/30/17
Time: 4:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Discipline/Focus:  Language Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: Teachers grades 4-8
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 5 seats available through the DC Collaborative

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ENHANCING SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH CREATIVE DRAMA
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Carmen White, actress, director, and educator from Maryland
Empathy, positive relationships, and collaboration are essential skills for student success. In this workshop, engage in an immersive drama strategy, “Mantle of the Expert,” designed to develop these skills. In this drama strategy, students enter a fictional world where they take on the role of “experts” hired to solve a specific real-world problem. This strategy requires students to take on new perspectives and work together in a safe environment that supports social/emotional growth.
Date:  12/5/17
Time: 4:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Discipline/Focus:  Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: Teachers grades 4-8
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 5 seats available through the DC Collaborative

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EXPLORING LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE THROUGH ANIMAL FOLKTALES
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Felix Pitre, actor and storyteller from New York
When students learn to tell folktales, they enhance their understanding of human relationships, cultural similarities and differences, as well as develop their oral communication skills. In this workshop, explore the world of Latin American folktales and learn ways to help students use voice and body movement to bring a story to life. Learn ways to strengthen the story’s impact on listeners through participation in the telling.
Date:  1/18/18
Time: 4:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Discipline/Focus:  Language Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: Teachers grades K-5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 5 seats available through DC Collaborative

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ROMEO AND JULIET: LIVE ACTION ROLE PLAY
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Allen Brooks, Interactive Content Producer, ARTSEDGE, The Kennedy Center
Co-sponsored with ARTSEDGE
Make Shakespeare come alive in a low-risk dramatic environment! Live Action Role Play (LARP) can fully immerse students in any scene. In this workshop, learn to use LARP to guide students through Act I, Scene V of Romeo and Juliet, enabling your students to physically embody the scene and explore the motivation and choices of several characters. The result: a personal, first-hand understanding of what drives each character!
Date:  1/22/18
Time: 4:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Discipline/Focus:  Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: Teachers grades 5-12
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 5 seats available through the DC Collaborative

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STEADY BEAT BOOKS: A JOYFUL APPROACH TO READING COMPREHENSIONS
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Deborah Sunya Moore, percussionist and arts educator from New York
One of the simplest aspects of music—steady beat—is the driving force behind what makes literature for young children so appealing. In this workshop, learn ways to engage your whole class in the musicality of reading by finding the steady beat and locating opportunities for chants. You’ll enjoy seeing how these musical read-alouds help students develop their oral fluency and reading comprehension. No previous musical experience required.
Date:  2/13/18
Time: 4:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Discipline/Focus:  Language Arts, Music
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: Teachers grades PreK-2
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 5 seats available through the DC Collaborative

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TELLING FOLKTALES WITH SHADOW PUPPETS
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Hobey Ford, puppeteer from North Carolina
When students learn to tell folktales, they enhance their understanding of human relationships, cultural similarities and differences, as well as develop their oral communication skills. In this workshop, explore the world of Latin American folktales and learn ways to help students use voice and body movement to bring a story to life. Learn ways to strengthen the story’s impact on listeners through participation in the telling.
Date:  3/15/18
Time: 4:30PM
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Discipline/Focus:  Language Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: Teachers grades 3-8
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 5 seats available through the DC Collaborative

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SPHINX VIRTUOSI
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The national Sphinx Organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and the Virtuosi are composed of winners of the renowned Sphinx Competition. This amazing, conductor-less chamber orchestra is known for showcasing a tremendous variety of styles. The ensemble has caused a major, positive shift in the landscape of chamber artists, with programs delighting young and new audiences as much as seasoned listeners.
Date: 10/16/17
Time: 11AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity:  150 students

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"GREY SKIES BLUE" PRESENTED BY SHAPESHIFT TEATRETICAL FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
A young woman is forced to confront her past when her estranged mother suddenly appears at her doorstep. Two lifelong friends face a journey of racial and self-identity together. A promising relationship is jeopardized by deception. Can any of them trust their friends or companions? And how well do they truly know themselves? Fifteen accomplished young dancers tell these powerful stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes. Exploring emotional themes of family, race, love, and betrayal, this diverse collective combines Hip Hop dance with the lyricism of contemporary movement.
Date: 10/25/17, 10/26/17 and 10/27/17
Time: 12:30PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre- Dance
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 100 per show

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ME...JANE: THE DREAMS & ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. As they learned more and more on their expeditions, Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that. In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall's autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the very young—and young at heart.
Date: 11/21/17, 11/28/17, 11/29/17, 11/30/17, 12/1/17, 12/5/17, 12/6/17, 12/7/17, 1/11/17, 12/12/17, 12/13/17
Time: 10:15AM and 12:30PM each day
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 50 per show

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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER MINI-PERFORMANCE 
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The national Sphinx Organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and the Virtuosi are composed of winners of the renowned Sphinx Competition. This amazing, conductor-less chamber orchestra is known for showcasing a tremendous variety of styles. The ensemble has caused a major, positive shift in the landscape of chamber artists, with programs delighting young and new audiences as much as seasoned listeners.
Date: 2/8/18
Time: 11AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre- Dance
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity:  200 students

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WNO: THE LITTLE PRINCE - OPEN REHEARSAL
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

A young boy sets out on a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship after leaving his tiny home planet, where he spent his days protecting his only friend, a rose, from miniature volcanoes and ravenous baobab trees. Along the way, he meets fascinating intergalactic inhabitants, including a delusional king, a rich businessman, and a wearied lamplighter. Eventually, he meets a pilot on Earth who has crash-landed in the Sahara. The two become unlikely friends, learning lessons from the desert’s many creatures until the prince realizes just how special his rose really is. Featuring a tuneful score by prolific film composer Rachel Portman, The Little Prince showcases the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists alongside the WNO Children’s Chorus.
Date: 12/15/17
Time: 10:30AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre/ Music
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 100 

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ERIC HARLAND, VOYAGER
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Returning to the Kennedy Center following his leadership with the 2015 and 2016 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead training programs, drummer Eric Harland and his band Voyager showcase their “continuously inventive and artful” style (Buffalo News). A multi-Grammy Award® nominee, Harland trained under Betty Carter and holds close to 200 recordings at the age of 36.
Date: 2/9/18
Time: 11AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity:  50 students

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TIME FOR THREE 
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 

Time for Three is a youthful and engaging trio of musicians who play a widely diverse repertoire that transcends traditional performance genres. These classically trained string players perform an eclectic mix of bluegrass, Hungarian gypsy, jazz, country-western fiddling, classical, and improvisatory music. During the program, Time for Three performs music from Brahms to the Beatles and beyond and demonstrates how engaging music of all genres can be when played with spontaneity, enthusiasm, and technical virtuosity.
Date: 3/5/18
Time: 10:30AM and 12:00PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production, Dance
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 100 students

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AKUA ALLRICH 
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 

Jazz vocalist and D.C. native Akua Allrich returns to the Kennedy Center to display her extraordinary ability to merge jazz, blues, soul and pan-African music into a fluid musical experience. With the launch of her independently produced albums, A Peace of Mine in 2010, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live! in 2012, and Soul Singer in 2015, Allrich has gained national and international attention with crowd-moving passion.
Date: 3/23/18
Time: 11:00AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 50 students

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BRASS OF PEACE 
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Brass instruments make a BIG sound. When Brass of Peace takes the stage, kids might be surprised to see musicians not too much bigger than they are behind this powerful playing. But seeing is believing as this brass group comprised of 13 DC-area high school students perform pieces that just might blow the roof off the Family Theater. Retired NSO hornist Sylvia Alimena conducts these concerts that bring together the city’s finest young brass musicians to teach all about the instruments of the brass family and how they make music out of metal and wind.
Date: 5/18/18
Time: 12:30PM   
Length of Event:
Location: Kennedy Center Theater Lab
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts
Grades: 5
Maximum Ticket Capacity: 150 students

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