Arts Integration Resources

Become Part of the Kennedy Center’s National Programs

How can we get involved in the Kennedy Center’s national education efforts?


The Kennedy Center supports practices and partnerships in arts education and arts integration through four national programs: Any Given Child, Partners in Education, Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, and Very Special Arts.

The initiative, Any Given Child, is a multi-year consultation the Kennedy Center offers a community to assist them in developing a long-range plan for expanded arts education that ensures access and equity for all student in grades K-8.

Kennedy Center staff members work with a team of community leaders and school administrators to develop a long-range plan for arts education that is tailor-made for their school district. The team reviews existing arts resources in the school district and the education programs offered by local arts organizations and companies to create a snapshot of the arts education resources in the community. Based on this assessment, the team develops a plan specific to the needs of that community.

For further information about how to apply, call (202) 416-8806.

The Partners in Education program is for arts organizations and school districts that believe teacher professional development is a critical way to invest in student learning. The Kennedy Center staff assists arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school districts to provide professional development for educators so they can better help all students learn more effectively across the curriculum both in and through the arts.

Consider applying to become part of this national network.

Click here for further information.

Educators, school administrators, parents, cultural leaders, and citizens interested in advancing the quality of education by including the arts in the curriculum will be interested in the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. The KCAAEN is a coalition of statewide not-for-profit organizations working in partnership with the Kennedy Center to ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education. If there is no Alliance in your state, consider applying to become part of this national network.

Click here to find out more.

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages.

It was founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increase access to the arts for all.

Across the United States, VSA affiliate organizations share the goal of using the arts to include people with disabilities in all aspects of society. The vibrant and diverse network of affiliates offer a range of educational programs including artist residencies in schools, professional development for teachers and artists with disabilities, access services to cultural organizations, and public awareness.

Click here to learn more about VSA.



Lynne B. Silverstein
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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