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DC School and Community Initiatives

DC School and Community Initiatives


DC School and Community Initiatives, established in 1992, partners with District of Columbia public and charter schools to ensure quality arts education programs are included as an integral component of a complete education for Pre-K to grade 12 students, and improves access to Kennedy Center performances and events for schools and organizations that serve under-resourced communities of the greater Washington metropolitan area.

Description of Programs

The DC Partnership Schools Initiative supports select public and charter schools in Washington, DC to enhance arts education. Schools engage in a strategic planning process to develop their individualized arts education goals and objectives, and participate in Kennedy Center's artists in schools programs, engage in professional learning for educators, and attend performances and events at the Kennedy Center. Select DC public and charter schools have partnered with the Kennedy Center in the 2019-2020 school year. The Kennedy Center is a managing partner of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a nationally recognized college preparatory and pre-professional high school for students in the performing, visual and fine arts.

The Kennedy Center supports under-resourced schools and organizations to attend Kennedy Center performances and events. The programs include Get on the Bus, a program supporting Title I schools to attend Kennedy Center daytime performances and MyTix Community Groups, enabling schools and organizations serving under-resourced communities to attend Kennedy Center evening and weekend performances.


Partnership with District of Columbia Public Schools
  • DC Partnership Schools Initiative
  • Duke Ellington School Partnership
Performance Access Programs
  • Get on the Bus
  • MyTix Community Groups