The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

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2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

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The Kennedy Center  Education Department Performances for School Groups

The Kennedy Center Education Department commissions, produces, presents, and tours performances for students, teachers, adults, and families; offers professional development opportunities in the arts for teachers and artists; creates and implements model programs for use by other performing arts centers and schools; develops and encourages community and national outreach programs; fosters careers of young artists and arts managers; and provides arts education resources via satellite, the Internet, in print, and in person. Performances for school groups provide opportunities to learn, to explore, and to embrace the arts.

To be added to our brochure mailing list or if you have questions, you can email us atkced@kennedy-center.org or call us at (202) 416-8835.

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.

Events for Students

Events for Students

Students in grades K-12 participate in performance/demonstrations, rehearsals, master classes, and discussions presented by the artists and companies performing at the Kennedy Center.

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.

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Additional Information

Free Guided Tours given by Friends of the Kennedy Center Tour Guides

A tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a highlight of any visit to Washington, D.C. As the nation’s performing arts center and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center welcomes three million visitors annually. The tour highlights the historic events that led up to the establishment of a national cultural center, as well as an interactive exhibit on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy. Tours of the Kennedy Center are offered daily, free of charge, and given by the Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteers.

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Trip Planning Information Schools:

School Brochure | School Registration Form | Change in Registration Request Form

How to purchase Tickets

There are four ways to purchase tickets to Kennedy Center performances: online, at the box office, by phone through instant-charge, or by mail. Tickets for Kennedy Center performances usually go on sale about two months before the engagement begins. For more information about ticket sales call (202) 467-4600 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Please Note: All sales are final. All persons regardless of age must have a ticket for ticketed events. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for children before planning to attend with young people. Also, please be aware that children who are disruptive will not be allowed to remain in the theater. Be considerate of others in the audience and of your young person’s comfort.

Kennedy Center

P.O. Box 101510

Arlington, VA 22210

There is a service charge of $6.00 per mail order. Please allow at least two weeks for processing.

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