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The Kennedy Center

25/40 Celebration

What is 25/40?

The Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution are hosting a one-of-a-kind celebration of arts, culture, and history this July. We're literally brimming with world-class performances and events—music, art, dance, film—all free and open to everyone. Join us!

What are we celebrating?

Two monumental anniversaries that have changed the course of our country's trajectory in truly profound ways:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 25 years ago this year—an enormous step forward for civil rights and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The impact of the ADA can hardly be overstated—it has irreversibly changed the course of the quality of life for millions of people across the U.S.

  • VSA opened its doors 40 years ago—earmarking 4 decades of commitment to providing quality arts and education programming for people with disabilities of all ages around the globe.

What can I expect?

To have your mind blown—in all the best ways. To experience exceptional art that introduces new perspectives, asks good questions, reframes the ways we see the world. Expect to leave truly enriched—nourished by art from a culture that knows creativity possibly better than any other. A culture that understands what it truly means to be innovative—to problem-solve, to find bold, new ways to go about life, and to express oneself beautifully and poignantly.

Join us this July. Experience an American culture that will leave you enriched and enlightened.

For the full schedule and to get the latest news on the 25/40 Celebration, visit

Part of the 25/40 Celebration: Marking the ADA 25th and VSA 40th Anniversaries by highlighting the history, art, and culture of the disability community. For a complete schedule of events, please visit