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Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Recognition Programs

The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) recognizes individuals, schools, and organizations that demonstrate outstanding support for the arts. Partnering with other national education organizations in the evaluation process and recognition events, KCAAEN recognition programs encourage outstanding work that makes the arts an essential part of a student's education.

Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award Program

The application for the 2015 Kennedy Center and NBSA Award is now closed. Please check back Summer 2016 for nomination materials.

Since 1989, the Kennedy Center and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) have provided an annual award to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district. This national award recognizes districts that have included all four major artistic disciplines - visual arts, music, theater and dance - in their programs.

New for the 2015 Kennedy Center and NSBA Award: There is no limit on the number of applications per U.S. state that may be submitted to the Kennedy Center and NSBA for adjudication. Final selection is made by a national panel of arts educators and arts administrators including representatives of the Kennedy Center and NSBA. The national award is presented every year at the annual national conference of the NSBA.

KCAAEN and NSBA Award Past Winners

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award Program

From 1999 to 2010, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Awards Program recognized schools that did an outstanding job of making the arts essential to the education of their students.

The national award was suspended in 2010, but many Alliances for Arts Education still carry out state-level award programs. Contact your State Alliances to learn about awards programs in your area. View previous national award winners.