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Darius & Twig

Cuesheet: Darius & Twig
Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author's "unerring eye for what's real and meaningful in life" (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit.
Theater, Family, Controversial

Titus

Cuesheet: Titus
Ten-year-old Titus has seen life’s disappointments pile up and he’s on edge—the edge of the school roof to be exact. From that perch, he shares the story of his life and all the losses that have left him hurting. He still has his wicked sense of humor, but can he find a ray of hope and happiness for the future?
Theater, Family, Controversial, Playwrights & Plays

Mouth Open, Story Jumps Out

Cuesheet: Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
Master storyteller Polarbear introduces a world of zany characters and madcap adventures. Journey with him as he takes you back to the day he started making up stories for fun, for fame, for friendship…and for his lost father.
Theater, Poetry, Hip-Hop, Family

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

Cuesheet: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood
Once upon a time, Peter and the Wolf was a musical tale about a Russian boy who helps catch a wolf. This version features Peter’s tale with tons of twists. For starters, instead of cold, snowy Russia, the story now happens in sunny Hollywood, California.
Family, Animals, Composers, Folklore, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Jack's Tale: A Mythic Mountain Musical Adventure

Cuesheet: Jack's Tale: A Mythical Mountain Musical Adventure
He’s not the Jack you may know from “Jack in the Beanstalk.” This Jack is based on the heroic character from the Scots-Irish “Jack Legends,” passed down by the early American settlers of the Appalachian mountains.
Theater, Family, Folklore

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts 2014-15
The 2014-15 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Mockingbird

Cuesheet: Mockingbird: A World Premiere Kennedy Center and VSA Commission
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community.
Accessibility, Theater, Literature, Family

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit

Cuesheet: Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord's The Suit
Hearts will be broken in this tragic tale of a wife’s betrayal and a husband’s revenge set in South Africa during the days of apartheid. Can music and wit soften the pain?
Theater, Family, Playwrights & Plays

NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Mozart’s young son longs to leave school and spend more time with his famous father. When he finds a magic traveling trunk, his wish comes true as he’s swept back in time to Mozart’s childhood and opera The Magic Flute.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!
It’s a big bear world out there! This concert takes a peek at these adorable creatures and the sounds of their homelands—music as unique as they are. Join NSO musicians and a special guest storyteller for a performance that assembles a wild combination of instruments to create music from around the world.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Man of the House

Cuesheet: Man of the House: A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
“Son, I’ve got to go. Now you are the man of the house.” Pablito never forgot those words from his father. Now it’s time to do something about them.
Backstage, Family, Theater, Playwrights & Plays

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts
The 2013-14 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO. Concerts include The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats, Imagination Duo, and Two Divas and a Bear!
Music, Family, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation

Face Painting

Collection: Family & Community
Explore the lives of immigrants and pioneers in early America. Then, drive along US-90 along the Gulf Coast or take a stroll down U Street in Washington, D.C.-- either place you'll be guided by the voices of the musicians who defined the culture of their community.
Family, Young Artists, Jobs in the Arts

Teens Visiting a Museum

Article: Making Art a Part of Your Teen's Life
Five ways to help make museum visits teen-friendly
Art Venues, Family

Empty Seats in a Theater

Article: Coast to Coast: Arts Places and Spaces
Need to round out your child’s arts education? Check out these 15 museums, theaters, and more that will help you cultivate a strong love for the arts in your kids
Art Venues, Family

Kids at a Museum

Article: Getting and Keeping Your Little One’s Attention
If your preschooler's short attention span makes arts-related outings tricky, read on for four expert tips that will prevent meltdowns and make for an easy and enjoyable excursion
Family, Art Venues

The Kennedy Center Family Theater

Article: Get to Know the Kennedy Center
The Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA and Accessibility and ArtsEdge are working in collaboration with the Temple University Program of Occupational Therapy, the Ivymount School and Programs and other special educators, experts, parents, and community representatives to develop this online pre-visit story tool. This site is designed to meet the needs of and to be accessible to individuals of all ages with varying disabilities.
Art Venues, Family

The Taj Mahal

Article: Traveling Abroad: Our Family's Trip to India
Experience one family's trip to India, and learn a few tips for the next time your family travels to an exotic land
India, Family, Language, World Cultures

Hispanic Heritage

Article: ¡Vamos a Celebrar!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage through the arts
Latin America, Family

Carolers

Article: The Family That Sings Together
A community sing-along guide for families with some tips on singing Handel's Messiah
Family, Young Artists, Music

Homemade Instruments Band

Article: Strike Up the Band: Creating Homemade Instruments
Make musical instruments by using recycled materials from your house
Family, Music, Musical Instruments, Young Artists

Spooky Radio

Article: Making a Spooky Radio Play
Children can learn about storytelling by writing and performing their own radio play
Family, Literature, Theater, Young Artists

Kids Making Chalk Art

Article: Summer Boredom Busters
Tap into your child's creative side with these suggestions for arts-related summer activities and camps
Family, Young Artists

Mom and Son With Diary

Article: A Script to Play With
How playing with 'intentions' changes the a scene
Family

Building Blocks

Article: Build a Story
Using the building blocks of storytelling with your kids
Family

iTouch Reading

Article: Acting & Storytelling
Family-friendly tips for acting out amazing stories
Young Artists, Theater, Family

A Boy Painting in His Bedroom

Article: Home, Creative Home
Inspire your child to be more engaged in the arts by turning sections of your home into creative spaces
Family, Young Artists

Child and Adult Using Camera

Article: Five Arty Activities for the Car and Grocery
Creative ways to keep things interesting
Young Artists, Family

Stage Fright

Article: Scare Away Stage Fright
Help your child let go of performance fears
Backstage, Ballet, Broadway, Dance, Family, Musicals, Opera, Orchestra, Young Artists

A Female Singer Performing

Article: Taking Care of Your Vocal Athlete
A resource for parents of young singers with a guide to choosing the right teacher
Musicals, Music, Family, Jazz, Opera, Popular Culture, Rock & Roll

Article: Make Music Matter in Your Home
Looking to sign your child up for music classes? These seven tips will make sure she starts off her musical career on the right note
Young Artists, Family, Music, Education

girl and boy with paintings

Article: What the Arts Can Do for Your Child
Does your child need a boost of self-esteem? Learn how children can gain self-esteem through a study of the arts
Young Artists, Education, Family

College Arts

Article: Sorting Out College Confusion for the Arts Student
Help your arts-inclined child find the perfect college match
America, Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Dancers

Article: Child's Play or Real Ambition?
How to connect your child with the performing arts
Young Artists, Family, Ballet, Dance, Musical Instruments, Music, Opera, Theater

kid with headphones

Article: Kids' Classical Countdown
A classical music 101 for families and young listeners
Music, Orchestra, Composers, Family

A Child Painting With an Adult

Article: "I Can't! I Won't! I Don't!"
What do you do with the creativity killers that may be lurking in your house?
Family, Young Artists

Young Girls Doing Ballet On Stage

Article: Good Moves for Young Dancers
Expert tips for preventing—and treating—injuries in young dancers
Dance, Family, Physical Activity, Young Artists, Ballet

funny parents

Article: For the Love of Comedy
Kids love to joke around, but if your kid is especially hilarious, a career in comedy could be in her future. These four tips will make sure she gets plenty of laughs along the way
Young Artists, Comedy, Family

Mom and Daughter Doing Crafts

Article: Giving Feedback: Food for Thought for Parents
How can parents talk with and engage with their kids about their creative work? Here are seven suggestions to get you started
Family, Young Artists, Theater, Music, Dance, Ballet, Poetry

Teen performers

Article: Adolescent Artists: Searching for Self
An overview of adolescent development in the arts, focusing on 13-17 year-olds.
Family, Young Artists

College musicians

Article: Young Adult Artists: Living an Artistic Life
An overview of young adult development in the arts, focusing on 18–22 year-olds.
Family, Young Artists

Kid drummers

Article: Self-Discovery, Self-Expression
An overview of child development in the arts, focusing on 10–12 year-olds. Self-awareness and self-expression are the emphases for this age group.
Family, Young Artists

Kid dancers

Article: Intrepid Explorers and Playful Creators
An overview of child development in the arts, focusing on 4–6 year-olds. Play and exploration are the emphases for this age group.
Family, Young Artists

Child artist

Article: Industrious Collaborators
An overview of child development in the arts, focusing on 7–9 year-olds. Working with others and building new skills are the emphases for this age group.
Family, Young Artists

Kid dancers

Series: Supporting Your Young Artist
This series helps parents navigate their child’s development through the arts, beginning in preschool through to their launch into college. Click on your child’s age and stage below to find helpful tips on what to expect and how to support your developing artist.
Family, Young Artists

Mother Holding Her Daughter

Series: My Child, the Arts, and Home
These resources from the Center for Arts Education will help you learn ways to encourage your child to make, learn about, and be inspired by the arts in your home
Education, Family, Young Artists

A Family of Musicians Playing Together

Article: How the Arts Teach the Tools for Success: High School
Learn ways that parents can support their high school child and the arts at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Painter

Article: Help! My Child Wants to Be an Artist
Why you shouldn't worry when your child wants to be a professional artist
Education, Family, Jobs in the Arts, Young Artists

Young boy with horn

Article: How the Arts Teach Life Skills: Grades 6 to 8
How parents can support their sixth to eighth graders and the arts at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Boy Dressed as a Knight While Coloring

Article: It’s Never Too Early to Enjoy the Arts: Pre-K to Second Grade
Is your child interested in the arts? Here's how parents can support their young kids' interests at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

Two Children Painting

Article: How Arts Education Develops Lifelong Learners: Grades 3 to 5
How parents can support their third to fifth graders and the arts at home
Education, Family, Young Artists

Ghost Figure

Article: Keeping Up With the Addamses
Halloween decorating secrets from theater designers
Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Visual Arts

Parent volunteer

Article: Lend a Helping Hand: Volunteering in Arts Classrooms
Learn how to be an effective and successful volunteer in an arts classroom. Get tips from one visual art specialist who works with dozens of volunteers a year
Education, Family

Talking Up the Arts

Article: Start the Conversation about Arts Education
Creating shared values and mutual understanding while correcting misconceptions can help communities find greater acceptance and success in funding arts education
Family, Young Artists

High School

Article: Going to the Principal’s Office
Learn how to reach out to school principals to gain their support of arts education programs
Education, Family, Young Artists

ballerinas

Article: Making Sure Your School Is Arts-Friendly: Grades 6 to 8
Why parents should support their sixth to eighth graders and the arts in school
Education, Family, Young Artists

Curtain Call

Article: Arts Education Is a Gateway to Your Child’s Future: High School
How parents can support their high school child and the arts in school
Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Girl Making a Drawing With Chalk

Article: Why Arts-Friendly Schools Matter: Pre-K to Second Grade
How parents can support their Pre-K to second graders and the arts in school
Education, Family, Young Artists

Young Girl With a Cello

Article: How the Arts Build Academic and Social Skills: Grades 3 to 5
Discover how parents can support their third to fifth graders and the arts in school
Education, Family, Young Artists

Mother and girl with painting

Series: My Child, the Arts, and School
These resources from the Center for Arts Education will help you learn ways to support your kid through his school's arts programming
Education, Family, Young Artists

Girl With Electronic Tablet

Article: Raising “Art Smart” Students in the 21st Century
So, what are 21st century skills exactly? Why do they matter to “art smart” parents and how do we help our kids?
Education, Family, Young Artists

Boy Playing Violin

Article: The Many Gifts of Music
How music gets inside your kid's head
Young Artists, Music, Science, Orchestra, Family, Education

Students Dancing

Tipsheet: Shall We Dance?: Foolproof Ways to Bring Dance into Your Classroom
Try these five easy ways to use dance and movement in your classroom
Dance, Education, Family, Music, Young Artists

Hand on Piano

Article: The Key to a Strong Workforce
How to help students learn skills essential to the 21st century workforce in and through arts learning
Education, Jobs in the Arts, Young Artists, Family

parent volunteer

Article: It Takes a Village: Parent Volunteers
Learn how parent volunteers can contribute to the learning environment with the right goal-oriented guidelines
Family, Education, Young Artists

Man speaking into microphone

Article: Speak Up for the Arts
As a teacher you can help parents become strong arts education advocates
Young Artists, Family, Education

Scene from 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Fractured Families in American Drama
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Long Day's Journey into Night, explore the tension, tragedy, heartbreak, and love within flawed and fractured families.
Family, Literature, Tragedy, America

Diane Ravitch

Video Series: Diane Ravitch on the Arts in Education
Education historian Diane Ravitch discusses the inequity in access to arts education among American schools
Education, Controversial, Family

Kennedy Center

Video Series: The Kennedy Center Education Department
Learn about the activities and programs of the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Education, Family, Art Venues

It's a Wonderful Life

Arts Days: December 20, 1946: The Richest Man in Town
Jimmy Stewart, a 1983 Kennedy Center Honoree, was a very popular actor when he was cast as the likeable George Bailey, the lead role in It’s a Wonderful Life. Director Frank Capra tells the story of a small-town fellow who, through no fault of his own, comes to the end of his rope on Christmas Eve. As he considers suicide, Heaven sends a gentle guardian angel named Clarence to convince him what a good life he really has.

Told mostly through flashbacks, the movie has become essential viewing for many at Christmastime. Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and the other cast members bring Bedford Falls to life year after year, reminding us all that “no man is a failure who has friends.”
Movies & Movie Stars, Popular Culture, America, Comedy, Family

Loretta Lynn

Arts Days: December 28, 1970: Honky Tonk Woman
No kidding, Loretta Lynn really was the daughter of a coal miner. She grew up in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, the second of eight kids. The family was poor in cash but rich in love, and Lynn’s childhood provided the material she needed to write several of the songs on this record.

Her honesty and emotional delivery delighted her many admirers and converted lots of other people into country music fans. Over the years, this 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree has penned many more songs, often written with a strong feminist perspective, which had been pretty much unheard of in country music until she came around. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was also the name of Lynn’s autobiography and the movie about her life that stars Sissy Spacek.
Innovators & Pioneers, Music Legends, Family, Folklore, Music, Popular Culture

The Godfather

Arts Days: March 15, 1972: Mob Appeal
The Godfather was a hit when it first appeared in movie theaters. Critics hailed the work of the cast—from Al Pacino as Michael Corleone to Marlon Brando as his father Vito, the Mafia godfather of the title—as nearly flawless. The drama also earned kudos for its music and screenplay, and for the nuanced portrayals of the members of the Corleone family and their friends and rivals in organized crime. Over the years, The Godfather has stood the test of time.

Critics—as well as millions of ordinary fans—have continued to praise the film and its director, Francis Ford Coppola, for making viewers feel sympathetic toward characters who routinely committed murders and other crimes. Coppola pushed his actors to explore and portray the psychological reasons why their characters acted as they did, making each character multi-faceted and complex. Adapted from the book of the same name by Mario Puzo, The Godfather won several Academy Awards®, including one for Best Adapted Screenplay.
America, Controversial, Family, Literature, Movies & Movie Stars

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