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Kennedy Center A Few of Our Favorite Things...

A Few of Our Favorite Things...

From musical theater to music in space, our media collections reflect the breadth and depth of the performing arts in America and around the world. These are some of our staff favorites--we'd love to hear yours!

Oscilloscope wave Acoustics & Sound

Acoustics & Sound

How do composers "hear" outer space? How did Beethoven compose music when he couldn't hear? Browse lessons and multimedia that explore the art and science of the world of sound around us.

African men Africa

Africa

Discover the real story of the Lion King and the rich tapestry of sounds from North African cultures.

African-American Boy African-American History

African-American History

Learn about the African American experience through the arts — and discover the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the United States.

Fife & Drummer America

America

Discover the multicultural heritage and history of America through explorations of immigrant life, the lives legendary pioneers like Lewis and Clark, the modern political system, and significant works of American music, including our National Anthem.

The Dying Centurion Ancient Empires

Ancient Empires

From the music, theater, and mythology of Ancient Greece, to traditional music of Chinese and Arab cultures, to the lore of Arthurian England, discover past and present civilizations through their arts.

Giraffe Animals

Animals

How does an actor become a chihuahua? How do you get a school of fish to perform on on a dry stage? Jump into the animal kingdom with both flippers!

Red Poppy Asia

Asia

Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.

Javanese dancer Asian-Pacific Islander

Asian-Pacific Islander

Artists from Indonesia set out on a cultural exchange with the Chicago theater scene. Watch a demonstration of Javanese dance, and learn all about the monkey dance from Bali.

Chinese lion dancer China

China

An army of buried warriors, lion dances, dancing shadows and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across China.

Civil War Soldiers Civil War

Civil War

Through songs and letters, explore the stories and people who lived through the American Civil War, including the relationship President Abraham Lincoln had with the music of his time.

Earth, wind and water Earth, Wind & Water

Earth, Wind & Water

Is there poetry in the ocean? How can the wind inspire dance? How dramatic can a mountain be? Explore how the earth and weather inform people and the art they create.

Face Painting Family & Community

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.

Beethoven graffiti Great Composers

Great Composers

Get inside the mind of a composer-- from a popular song, to a Broadway musical, to a symphony, how does a composer write music?

Hip-Hop Hip-Hop Culture

Hip-Hop Culture

Hip-Hop has blended and transcended its artistic elements to become a means for seeing, celebrating, experiencing, understanding, confronting, and commenting on life and the world. Hip-Hop, in other words, is a way of living—a culture.

Inventor Innovators, Inventors, & Explorers

Innovators, Inventors, & Explorers

Lewis and Clark explored the American West; Japanese artists Maywa Denki invent performance art "products." These resources can help you discover the process of discovering.

Japanese Noh theater Japan

Japan

Larger-than-life calligraphy, giant bamboo weaving, and robots both real and toy... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Japan.

Peruvian woman Latin America

Latin America

Travel through the diverse cultures of Latin America, as represented by artists from Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and California. Enjoy art rich in both tradition and innovation.

Monarch butterfly Life Cycles

Life Cycles

Discover patterns and cycles in nature with these resources that address cell composition and reproduction, animal habitats, and the metamorphasis of a caterpillar to a butterfly.

Perseus and Medusa Myths & Heroes

Myths & Heroes

Greek and Egyptian mythology, the story of the Lion King, and the legend of King Arthus are just some of the ways these resources explore the different cultural interpretations of heroes.

Native American flute player Native American Cultures

Native American Cultures

Experience traditional Native American culture through dance, music and visual arts. Watch Native Pride the eagle and hoop dances, trace the life of a Navajo weaver, learn how Keith Bear makes a flute, make a listening doll, and meet fancy dancers Larry and Jessup Yazzie.

Maple leaf Plants and Seasons

Plants and Seasons

How can the arts represent the change of seasons? Then watch as Japanese Shigeo Kawashima creates intricate geometric shapes from bamboo; Mali storyteller Yaya Coulibaly carves a marionette out of wood, Native American Keith Bear discusses how a tree branch becomes a flute, and listen to Andes manta recreate the South American rainforest with instruments made with natural materials.

Pencil Poetry & Literature

Poetry & Literature

From haiku to hip-hop; slam poetry to the origin of our national anthem. Poetry reaches back through cultural traditions while also inspiring young artists on the cutting edge of self-expression.

Presidential Seal Presidents

Presidents

Learn about America’s most famous leaders and their appreciations and influences over the arts; from Lincoln’s connection to music, to Kennedy’s advocacy for the arts, to the importance placed in having White House photographers capture the president’s everyday achievements.

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