Kennedy Center Recognition Programs
The Kennedy Center recognizes individuals, schools, and organizations that demonstrate exemplary support for the arts.
Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award Program
Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Kennedy Center and NSBA Award. Check back in summer 2017 for the next round of nomination applications.
The 2018 application deadline will be available in summer 2017.
This national award recognizes districts that have included four out of the five major artistic disciplines - visual arts, music, theater, dance, and media arts - in their programs.
There is no limit on the number of applications per U.S. state that may be submitted to the Kennedy Center and NSBA for adjudication. Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of the Kennedy Center and NSBA. The national award is presented every year at the annual national conference of the NSBA.
Kennedy Center and Women in Government Award
Nominations for the 2017 Kennedy Center and Women in Government (WIG) Award will be accepted beginning Spring 2017. The award nomination submission deadline is June 1, 2017.
The Kennedy Center and Women in Government (WIG) are pleased to recognize a woman state legislator for outstanding support of the arts in her state. As the nation's performing arts center, the Kennedy Center is delighted to partner with WIG to encourage support of the arts at the state and local level through its inaugural award.
The Kennedy Center and WIG Award is presented at the WIG's annual conference. The winning state legislator receives a plaque recognizing her efforts. In addition, the awardee receives national recognition in Kennedy Center media, including print and online publications.
National Partnerships, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.