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Research & Evaluation

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The Research and Evaluation team gathers data and conducts KC Education studies in order to improve programs, gather evidence of what works, and inform decisions about local and national arts education offerings.

Performances and Events

  • Performances for Young Audiences

    Performances for Young Audiences

    New worlds of excitement, education and entertainment with commissions, productions, and presentations from the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and programs of the National Symphony Orchestra, VSA, and Washington National Opera.

  • NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

    NSO Concerts for Young Audiences

    NSO performances for Young Audiences include full orchestra Family Concerts and performances by small ensembles for ages 3 to teens. These NSO performances introduce classical music to children in an atmosphere of fun.

  • School Performances / Events

    School Performances / Events

    The Kennedy Center commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students and teachers.

  • Explore the Arts

    Explore the Arts

    These events offer adult audiences opportunities for arts participation, engagement, interaction, and exploration through master classes, workshops, demonstrations, lectures, open rehearsals, and more.

  • Millennium Stage

    Millennium Stage

    Each evening, at 6p.m., the Millennium Stage features free performances by a broad range of music, dance, and theater artists from the Washington metro area, across the nation, and around the world.

  • Opera Look-In

    Opera Look-In and Student Dress Rehearsal

    Students are introduced to opera through the Opera Look-In each season and can experience a full-length performance at the final Dress Rehearsals of Washington National Opera's main stage productions.

  • NSO Instrument 'Petting Zoos'

    NSO Instrument "Petting Zoos"

    Hands-on fun with instruments! Children (and their parents) have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see professionally played on stage.

  • NSO In Your Neighborhood

    NSO In Your Neighborhood

    The National Symphony Orchestra aims to reach a wide audience through its classical subscription series, pops concerts, and one of the country's most extensive educational programs.

  • New Visions/New Voices

    New Visions/New Voices

    New Visions/New Voices is a week-long program in April for playwrights and theaters to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families.

  • KCTYA on Tour

    Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

    KCTYA on Tour productions reveals new worlds of excitement, education, and entertainment.

  •  Kennedy Center School Buses

    Kennedy Center Education Division Listening Tours

    Let your voice be heard! Join the Kennedy Center Education Division for one of the “Listening Tours” about the future of education at the Kennedy Center.

Arts and Schools

  • Arts Across America

    Arts Across America

    Arts Across America aims to celebrate, connect, and energize communities and, over time, weave a national story about the power of the arts in communities across our country.

  • The Arts  and Special Education

    Arts and Special Education

    The Kennedy Center and its affiliate VSA recognize that the arts play a vital role in the education of students with disabilities. We are committed to serving as leaders in advancing opportunities in the arts for children with disabilities in K–12 education.

  • ArtsEdge


    The Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching and learning in, through, and about the arts.

  • Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA)

    Changing Education Through the Arts (Professional Learning for Educators)

    Professional Learning in the Arts for Teachers, School Administrators, and Teaching Artists.

  • Partnerships with DC Public and Charter Schools

    Partnerships with DC Public and Charter Schools

    The Kennedy Center is committed to supporting Pre-K to grade 12 students learning in, through, and about the arts through partnerships with D.C.'s public schools and community groups, and by providing opportunities to individual students.

  • National Partnerships

    National Partnerships

    National Partnerships supports arts education practice and partnerships through professional learning, technical support, and resources for its national networks.

  • The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

    The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

    Annual $10,000 awards that celebrate the contributions of great teachers from all subject areas serving students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary.

  • Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts

    Turnaround Arts is a school reform effort that transforms priority schools through the strategic use of the arts. We envision a world in which all students engage in a well-rounded education and exude confidence, critical thinking, and creativity as a result.

Career Development

  • Ballet Class Series

    Ballet Class Series

    The Kennedy Center Ballet Class Series offers advanced high school ballet students the unique opportunity to participate in master classes with teachers from the national and internationally renowned ballet companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

  • Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

    Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

    Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead is an international two-week jazz residency performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats.

  • Citizen Artist Fellow Program

    Citizen Artist Fellow Program

    Striving to develop and strengthen connections in their fields, receive opportunities for artistic collaboration and presentation, and gain access to Kennedy Center Staff and Artistic Partners for individual professional development.

  • Conservatory Project

    Conservatory Project

    The Conservatory Project creates an ongoing showcase for our nation's exceptional young talent and introduces Washington audiences to young musicians destined to have important careers.

  • Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

    Domingo - Cafritz Young Artist Program

    This resident-training program offers artists on the verge of international careers a course of intensive training, study, career guidance, and performance opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond.

  • Contemporary Dance Series

    Contemporary Dance Series

    The Kennedy Center Contemporary Dance Series offers advanced dance students interested in a performance career the unique opportunity to learn from a variety of nationally and internationally recognized contemporary dance companies and artists performing this season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Dance Lab

    Kennedy Center Dance Lab

    Kennedy Center Dance Lab aims to empower young dancers to be impactful change-makers and leaders by providing them with critical career tools, impactful experiences, and high-caliber training to support their growth as the next generation of dance industry professionals.

  • Career Advancement Programs

    Kennedy Center Internships

    Internships are full-time (40 hours per week) or part-time (20-30 hours per week) opportunities that are intended to complement a student's current program of study or other employment.

  • Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

    A national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

  • NSO Youth Fellowship Program

    NSO Youth Fellowship Program

    The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Youth Fellowship Program is a full scholarship orchestral training program for talented young musicians in grades 9-12.

  • National Symphony Orchestra

    NSO Young Associates' Program

    The NSO is sponsoring its Young Associates' Program for high school students in grades 11 and 12 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing a musical career.

  • NSO Young Soloists' Competition

    NSO Young Soloists' Competition

    Perform as a soloist with the NSO is a music student's dream, and this is the prize of the competition, high school division, designed to encourage and foster the development of young performing artists in the Washington metropolitan area.

  • NSO Summer Music Institute

    NSO Summer Music Institute

    Every summer, approximately 60 students (ages 15-20) from all over the nation meet in Washington, D.C., to attend the National Trustees' National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute (SMI).

  • Opera Institute

    Opera Institute

    This three-week summer training program for talented high school singers and pianists features an intense and focused curriculum geared toward preparing students for college performance programs and beyond.

  • VSA International Young Soloists Competition

    VSA International Young Soloists Competition

    This award annually recognizes outstanding emerging young musicians living with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, from around the world and nurtures their pre-professional career experiences.

  • VSA International Young Soloists Competition

    Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

    Students and young adults living with disabilities who have an interest in the arts, arts education, and arts administration are provided with hands-on experiential professional skill development opportunities.

  • WNO Young Associates Program

    WNO Young Associates

    High school students in the greater Washington, D.C. area get an up close and personal look at how a world class opera company creates a professional production by observing the Washington National Opera throughout several stages of the rehearsal process and participating in exclusive sessions with artists and staff.

VSA and Accessibility

  • VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability

    About VSA

    VSA provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages.

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    VSA Programs

    VSA offers opportunities for students, teachers, and artists to participate in annual programs, including the Playwright Discovery Program, International Young Soloists Program, and calls for visual art.

  • Revealing Culture Exhibit


    Valuable resources about accessibility, arts and education are available for teachers, students, parents, artists and arts administrators.

  • Accessibility - Engage Disability Art Culture

    About Accessibility

    The Kennedy Center's Accessibility Office strives to make the cultural arts accessible to patrons and visitors with disabilities through national and international initiatives.

  • Susan Duncan and Melissa Janssen in Gallery at MIA

    Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD)

    An international network engaging cultural arts administrators in a conversation on accessibility, disability, compliance and inclusion in the cultural arts.

  • Accessibility Symbol Grid

    Patron Services

    Information about accommodations and services for patrons and visitors with disabilities attending performances or visiting the Kennedy Center.

  • Summit Registration

    Rosemary Kennedy Internship Initiative

    Career development opportunities for individuals with disabilities.