The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the living memorial to President Kennedy and America's premier performing arts center in Washington, D.C. Take a tour through its halls and discover its rich history.
President Johnson broke ground for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts using the same gold-plated shovel used by President Taft for the Lincoln Memorial and President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Jefferson Memorial. President Kennedy's brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, can be seen in the background.
The Kennedy Center Family Theater features productions for young audiences in an intimate space that seats 324.
The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, named in honor of President Eisenhower who created the National Cultural Center Act, is host to plays, musicals, and contemporary dance. The theater seats 1,164.
The Kennedy Center Concert Hall is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, popular music concerts, and the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. It is the largest performance space in the Kennedy Center, seating 2,465.
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage celebrated 14 years of free daily performances in 2011 with a special concert by pop sensations OK Go.
Created in 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors recognizes the lifelong accomplishments and extraordinary talents of the nation's most prestigious artists as well as those from other nations who have achieved prominence in America.
In 2014, YouTube OnStage Live from the Kennedy Center brought talented stars from the digital world to the stage of the Kennedy Center Opera House for a free one-night-only live streamed concert.
In 2014 the Kennedy Center produced Little Dancer, a world premiere musical starring NYCB ballerina Tiler Peck as the inspiration for Edgar Degas's famous sculpture.
National and local skateboarders and bands came together for a week of improvisation in the Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media festival in 2015.
Hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar joined the NSO Pops for a special performance of cuts from his lyrical masterpiece "To Pimp a Butterfly."
John Legend and local youth launched What's Going On…NOW, the Kennedy Center’s first-ever digital youth arts and media campaign, centered around the themes in Marvin Gaye's classic song.
Renowned American architect Steven Holl has created an innovative design that preserves the silhouette of the original Edward Durell Stone building while providing new spaces for audience engagement activities.
Located south of the existing facility, three pavilions feature convertible, intimate venues, large gathering spaces with soaring ceilings filled with natural light, and grand vistas onto the Potomac River below.
The landscape, filled with trees and grasses that change with the seasons, will provide opportunities for casual performances and events.
The Kennedy Center’s full connection to the Potomac River will finally be achieved with a dynamic pedestrian bridge, connecting the Potomac River waterfront and bike path to the expansion.
For more information, visit kennedy-center.org.