Welcome to the National Partnerships Home Page
Education at the Kennedy Center includes the following four nation-wide networks. The National Partnerships office is composed of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, and Partners in Education. The VSA and Accessibility office manages the VSA affiliates network.
- Any Given Child
The mission of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child initiative is to assist communities in developing a plan for expanded arts education, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades K-8.
The Any Given Child initiative unites the Kennedy Center education department with a local “Community Arts Team.” With the on-going guidance of Kennedy Center staff and education consultants, the Community Arts Team evaluates resources in and out of schools, and makes informed and realistic plans to achieve a collective vision for arts education.
- 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 is a network 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 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 learning of teachers.
- 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:
National Partnerships, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the
National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.