The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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.


PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

SHADOW PLAY: EXPLORING SHADOW PUPPETRY IN THE EARLY YEARS
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Daniel Barash, puppeteer and teaching artist from California
Shadow puppetry with its bold shapes, vivid colors, and dramatic movement fascinates young learners, making it an ideal medium to explore and build a young child’s understanding of the world. In this playful workshop, explore ways to guide young students in learning a range of simple shadow puppetry techniques they can apply to stories, songs, poetry, science, and math. See you in the land of shadows!
Date:  10/24/2016
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 5 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Grade: Teachers grades PreK-2

CUT PAPER: A PATHWAY TO WRITING
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Jamin Carter, artist and visual art specialist from Tennessee
The process of beginning with an idea and developing it into a story can be challenging for young authors. In this fascinating workshop, explore how students can use construction paper, scissors, and glue to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art, such as shape, size, space, and color, to connect to story components of character, setting, events, main idea, and details.
Date: 12/6/2016, 12/7/2016
Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Grades: For Teachers of Grades 2–5

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: BUILDING ACADEMIC VOCABULARY IN SOCIAL STUDIES THROUGH CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Lorena Cervantes, dance teacher and arts integration specialist from Virginia
All students benefit from learning through multiple modalities—seeing, hearing, moving, and interpersonal interaction. For English Language Learners (ELLs) in particular, adding kinesthetic learning to the teaching environment opens a world of language learning opportunities. In this fascinating workshop, learn ways to guide movement explorations in which ELL students authentically interact with and internalize academic vocabulary. You’ll apply the process to social studies, specifically to the geography, economics, and culture of the pre-colonial Powhatan people, and consider other applications.
Date: 12/13/2016
Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Grades: For Classroom Teachers and ELL Specialists of Grades 2–5

BARS! TEACHING CONTENT THROUGH HIP HOP SONGWRITING
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Bomani Armah, Hip Hop poet and teaching artist from Maryland
The exciting world of Hip Hop songwriting can be a hook for engaging reluctant students in the writing process. In this unique workshop, learn to help students synthesize information from a subject area by writing lyrics for Hip Hop songs using graphic organizers and other creative techniques. Help your students connect with the rhythm of Hip Hop and deepen their understanding of content.
Date: 10/26/2016
Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Grades: For Classroom Teachers and Music Specialists of Grades 5–8

STEAM POETRY: UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE THROUGH METAPHOR
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Mimi Herman, writer and teaching artist from North Carolina
From tiny atoms to vast galaxies, scientists try to explain things that cannot be seen. How can we help students make the invisible understandable? In this unique workshop, learn strategies to guide students in creating metaphors that make the unseen scientific phenomenon visible and help them extend their metaphors into poetry that demonstrates understanding of the science content.
Date: 11/28/2016
Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Grades: For Teachers of Grades 4–8

GOING GLOBAL: BUILDING UNDERSTANDING THROUGH DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Led by Mary Hall Surface, drama/theater teaching artist from Washington, DC
How can we help students see global issues from different perspectives, such as gender equity, access to education and technology, and the plight of international refugees? Using stories of real people from around the world, learn to guide students to imagine, improvise, and write dramatic monologues that communicate diverse perspectives and help students uncover their own point of view on complex issues of social justice.
Date: 11/2/2016
Time: 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 3 hours
Location: The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Grades: For English, Social Studies, and Theater Teachers of Grades 6–12


Previous AHFES Events

WILD LINES
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
In this new work which features jazz quartet and spoken word, 21st-century soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom explores the poetry of 19th-century visionary Emily Dickinson. Students are introduced to the words of this great poet with actress Deborah Rush and an ensemble complemented by pianist Dawn Clement, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Bobby Previte. Bloom is regarded as a pioneer in the use of live electronics and movement in jazz, as well as a strong proponent for multidisciplinary collaborations with other art forms, such as painting, film, theater, and dance.
Date: 10/13/16
Time: 11:00am   
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Curriculum Connections: English, Lanugage Arts, Music
Grades: 5-9

WNO OPERA LOOK-IN: MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Theater, music, and dance come together in this introduction to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, one of the world’s most popular operas. At this 75-minute Look-In, students will hear amazing performances, see demonstrations of behind-the-scenes technology, lighting, stage combat, and scene changes, and get a glimpse into the many careers available in stage performance. Performed by the WNO Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists along with the WNO orchestra, The Marriage of Figaro is a comic masterpiece that comes to life through enchanting music, clever disguises, and absurd mix-ups. The laughs and surprises keep coming in this charming exploration of the perils of temptation, the grace of forgiveness, and the triumph of love.
Date: 09/30/2016
Time: 11:00am   
Length of Event: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production, Dance, Theatre
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Technology, Foreign Language, History & Geography,
Grades: 5

HARLEM QUARTET
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This acclaimed quartet, dedicated to engaging young and new audiences, performs a mix of Latin, jazz, and classical pieces. Since its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the US as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, and South Africa, and in 2009 performed at the White House. At this session, the Quartet performs works from all three genres, talks with students about the music they are performing, and guides the students in what to listen for in the music. Stuents also have the opportunity to ask questions of the artists. 
Date: 10/18/16
Time: 11:00am   
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music
Curriculum Connections: Music- Performing Arts
Grades: 5

WHERE WORDS ONCE WERE
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only 1,000 of themcan exist: new ones are forbidden, and anything newly invented must share existing words. Those who disobey the rules are punished in the strongest way possible. They lose their right to speak and to be spoken of; they become only “...”—a condition that causes them slowly to fade away. When Orhan accidentally takes a pen (a mighty weapon indeed!) from school, he sets in motion an adventure to reclaim lost words. During our IRELAND 100 festival, renowned Irish Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer thrilled young audiences with The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly, a show hailed as “chock full of playfulness and rick ideas” by the Irish Times. Now, come experience his next powerful tale that demonstrates the fantastic potential contained in the words we speak today.
Date: 11/8/16, 11/9/16, 11/10/16, 11/15/16, 11/16/16 11/17/16, 11/21/16, 11/28/16, 11/29/16, 11/30/16
Time: 12:30 pm and 11/29, 11/30 at 10:15am
Length of Event: 60 minutes
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: History, Geography, English, Language Arts
Grades: 5

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 ddling, 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.
Standards Connections: Music—Connecting (Cn.11)
DATES: Tuesday, February 14, Wednesday, February 15
Time: 11:00am
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production, Dance
Curriculum Connections: History & Geography
Grades: 5th
BUD, NOT BUDDY
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
It’s 1936 in Flint, Michigan, and 10-year-old Bud is sure about two things: he wants to find his father, and he is not called Buddy. Unfortunately, while his mother made his name crystal clear, the whereabouts of his father are a little unsure. The only clue she left behind is a flyer advertising Herman E. Calloway and his band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression. With this and his trusty suitcase in tow, Bud sets off on an epic journey of discovery, set to the soulful sounds of jazz. Adapted by Obie Award winner Kristen Greenidge from Christopher Paul Curtis’s cherished book, this touching tale is set to original music by world-renowned jazz artist Terence Blanchard, played on stage by a large jazz ensemble conducted by Terence. Don’t miss this world premiere Kennedy Center commission that is part radio play, part jazz concert, and all heart
Dates: 1/12/17, 1/13/17
Time: 11:00am
Length of Event: 60 minutes
Location: Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music and Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English, Language Arts, History, Geography
Grades: 5

ALVIN AILEY MINI PERFORMANCE
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater shares “Ailey Magic” with students, giving insight into the history of the company and its founder Alvin Ailey. The company performs selections from its varied and inspiring repertoire, including their signature work, Revelations.
Date: 02/09/2017
Time: 11:00am
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production, Dance
Curriculum Connections: History & Geography
Grades: 5

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF ALL FOUR SEASONS. TO SAIL AROUND THE SUN 
Presented by: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Four seasons. Four stories. Four dances! Directed by Paul Gordon Emerson, and choreographed by Mr. Emerson and Company I E, To Sail Around the Sun is a unique and moving display of imagination and enchantment set to the timeless music of Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. Company I E's superb dancers grace the stage as the gorgeous score is played by a quartet of Naitonal Symphony Orchestra musicians: Jennifer Kim and Wanzhen Li, violins; Tsuna Sakamoto, viola; and Eugena Chang, cello. All of these artists move seamlessly together to the music in this multimedia work that will take you to the sweet blossoming of spring, the sunny days of summer, the crisp mellowness of fall, and the frosty cheer of winter. 
Date: 3/21/17, 3/22/17, 3/23/17
Time: 12:30pm
Length of Event: 45 mins
Location: Kennedy Center Opera House
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music, Dance
Curriculum Connections: Music, Dance
Grades: K-3

NEARLY LEAR 
Presented by: The John F.  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion? In this one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is disguised as a boy) and every other character to tell a personal and poignant story that borrows from the Bard’s legendary words. Winner of the 2012 International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Victor Award for Outstanding Production, Nearly Lear is “a frisky, funny, vaudevillian...tantalizing introduction to the lifelong pleasures of seeing and reading Shakespeare”. The New York Times also sings the praises of Susanna, who has trained in the arts of Shakespearean acting and clowning: she’s “an energetic virtuosic performer with a touch of the endearing goofball”! She’ll play with language, venture into the audience, and pack an emotional and humorous punch with this delightfully accessible show.
Date: 5/9/17, 5/10/17, 5/11/17 (Sensory Friendly), 5/12/17
Length of Event: 1 hour 20 minutes
Time: 11:00am
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre, Life Sciences, Music, and Dance
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Writing, Visual Arts
Grades: 5th

NSO YPC CONCERT: REACH FOR THE MOON: JOHN F. KENNEDY’S VISION AND COURAGE 
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 the centenary of our 35th president John F. Kennedy’s birth. This full-orchestra space-themed concert echoes President Kennedy’s contributions to space exploration, reflecting his courageous ambition to put a man on the moon. Reach for the Moon showcases some of the great masterworks of the orchestral repertoire by Gustav Holst, John Williams, and the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence Mason Bates. The concert also includes favorites by Beethoven and Bach, recordings of which were taken into space on the Voyager spacecraft. Don’t miss this space-themed program which will inspire your students to dream big, set high goals, and “reach for the moon”!
Dates: 4/27/2017 and 4/28/2017
Time: 11:00am
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, History & Geography
Grades: 5

OPEN THE DOOR FOR THREE 
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
This trio of musicians takes students on a journey through Irish music, its history, some of the stories connected to the songs and tunes of Ireland and all performed on traditional Irish instruments such as the fiddle, the uilleann pipes, the whistle, the flute, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki. Trio members Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare, and singer Pat Broaders are mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, the New York Pops, as well as with artists like Bonnie Raitt and Josh Groban. This trio plays and sings its Irish music powerfully.
Date: 4/28/2017
Time: 11:00am
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Grades: 5

LIFE GOT YOU DOWN? TELL A STORY! MOUTH OPEN, STORY JUMP OUT
Presented by: The John F.  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts via Battersea Arts Centre
International assassins! Secret codes! Dogeating boa constrictors! Master storyteller Polarbear introduces a world of zany characters and madcap adventures as he invites you to explore how one little decision set off a huge chain reaction in his life. This highly intimate and interactive one-man show asks how storytelling begins-and pushes the boundaries of where it can go from there! Polarbear, one of the UK's most exciting spoken word artists, digs deep into the hole left when his father went away, and the resulting moment he discovered the powerful art of storytelling. The Irish Times says the audience is "fully invested" in the fascinating creation taking place right before your eyes. Come open your mouth and let your story come to life. 
Date: 5/17/17, 5/18/17, 5/19/17, 5/25/17, 5/26/17
Length of Event: 1 hour
Time: May 17, 18, 19 at 12:30pm, May 25, 26 at 10:15am
Location: Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre 
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Writing, Visual Arts
Grades: 3-5

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