The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the national cultural center of the United States and the living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Under the guidance of Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah F. Rutter, the nine theaters and stages attract more than three million visitors to more than 2,000 performances each year, while Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts reach 40 million more around the world.
The Center produces and presents performances of music, dance, comedy, and theater, supports artists in the creation of new work, and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera, the Center has produced more than 300 theatrical productions and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works, in addition to hosting numerous international festivals.
John F. Kennedy
“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for our victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”
Our ROLE at the
The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts (KCICA) was established in 2001 to support international programming at the Center, as well as to encourage global exchange in the arts. KCICA members are passionate performing arts enthusiasts and are among the Kennedy Center’s most philanthropic contributors.
The Kennedy Center frequently presents large-scale, highly acclaimed international festivals, further promoting intercultural dialogue and bringing international cultures to Washington. The KCICA plays an instrumental role in supporting these showcases.
Karel and Štepánka Komárek became the Co-Chairs of the KCICA in December 2017.
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As a cornerstone of the Kennedy Center’s community programming, and a fixture of the Washington, D.C. cultural scene, Millennium Stage helps the Center create connections between artists and audiences. Millennium Stage has featured free daily performances at 6:00 p.m. for over 20 years. The Kennedy Center is the only U.S. institution that presents a free performance 365 days a year.
Nearly 5,000 artists representing a diverse range of nationalities, cultures, and artistic disciplines captivate more than 100,000 patrons at the Kennedy Center each year. More than two million unique viewers also enjoy Millennium Stage live performances or archived shows online. Millennium Stage performances are accessible to patrons of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and locations and offer accommodations to patrons with disabilities.
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Opening September 7, 2019, the REACH is the Kennedy Center’s history-making expansion project. Envisioned as an extension of the Center’s original building, the REACH will break down barriers between artist and patron, providing access to the performing arts for all.
Soaring, interconnected pavilions will house three studios, punctuated with windows and viewing corridors to allow the public to witness the creative process at work. Two flexible event venues, three classrooms, and a dedicated learning lab will house everything from intimate performances, to summer arts camps, to film screenings. And outside, visitors will enjoy lush green spaces, specifically created for both leisurely strolls, and community programming – a true intersection between audience and art.
The REACH is more than just a campus – it is the Kennedy Center’s newest and boldest offering in what President John F. Kennedy described as our “contribution to the human spirit.”
The Karel Komárek Family Foundation supported the expansion of the Kennedy Center.
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Over 3 million visitors a year
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“Artists inspire us, remind us of our roots, and reflect who we are as people. They help us expand our horizons. And most importantly, artists teach us to perceive reality in remarkably different ways. The cultural traditions of each nation need to be maintained to promote its identity and to be a continuing inspiration for future generations.”
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