Welcome to the National Partnerships Home Page
Education at the Kennedy Center includes the following four, nation-wide networks. The National Partnerships department is composed of Any Given Child, Partners in Education, and the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. The VSA and Accessibility department manages the VSA Network.
- The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN)
The mission of the KCAAEN is to advance learning in and through the arts for all students.
The KCAAEN, an Education program of the Kennedy Center, is a coalition of statewide not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education working in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to support policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure the arts are an essential part of American K-12 education.
- Partners in Education
The mission of Partners in Education is to foster partnerships among arts organizations, schools, and communities.
The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these school/community partnerships in the arts is to promote the professional development of teachers.
- Any Given Child
The mission of Any Given Child is to bring access, balance, and equity to each child's arts education.
The Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to ensure that students in grades K-8 are guaranteed a full arts education. It uses an affordable model that combines the resources of the school district, local arts groups, and the Kennedy Center.
- VSA Affiliates
The mission of VSA is to create a society where people living with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.
VSA was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, and consists of a national and international network of cultural and educational organizations developing arts and education programs that serve individuals - youth and adults - with disabilities and the communities in which they reside. VSA provides technical assistance, professional conferences and training, tools and resources, and strategies for success.
Education at the Kennedy Center supports these networks through:
- Professional Development;
- Resource Development; and
- Technical Support.
Other Related Programs from Education at the Kennedy Center include the following:
- Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
- Kennedy Center Seminars for Teaching Artist Development
National Partnerships, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by
David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by the National Committee for the Performing Arts
and the U.S. Department of Education.