The Kennedy Center

2018 Kennedy Center Spring Gala

Sunday, May 6, 2018

An Evening with
Mavis Staples
and special guests

Featuring the presentation of the
Award for the Human Spirit

Citizen Artist
Gary Sinise

Distinguished Philanthropists
Eli and Edythe Broad

Event Co-Chairs
Frances and Craig Lindner

From her first recording in 1954 at age 13 to receiving the Kennedy Center Honors in 2016, Mavis Staples has led a genre-defying career yielding hit after hit at the top of the charts. Join Mavis as she curates an evening of music alongside some of her favorite collaborators at the Kennedy Center Spring Gala on Sunday, May 6!

The Gala begins with cocktails overlooking the Potomac River followed by an elegant dinner. Mavis’ one-night-only performance will begin at 8pm in the Concert Hall, and Gala attendees will be invited to dance the night away along with the cast at the ‘Til Midnight Party after the show!

New this year, Spring Gala table buyers will receive a special perk! Click the registration form on the right for information about tickets to Hamilton.

The Spring Gala provides critical funding to support the Kennedy Center's many artistic performances, local and national arts education initiatives, and outreach activities available throughout the year to patrons, students, and families across the country. We hope you will join us on May 6 for this not-to-be-missed event!

Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit

The Spring Gala will feature the third annual presentation of the Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit, recognizing two awardees who have had an enduring impact on the advancement of arts and culture: a Citizen Artist for his or her creative use of the arts and arts education to advance and enrich community life at the local, state, or national level; and a Distinguished Philanthropist for his or her commitment to personal advocacy and philanthropy in the performing arts. Join us as we honor the accomplishments of Citizen Artist Gary Sinise and Distinguished Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad.

Eli and Edythe Broad Eli and Edythe Broad
Distinguished Philanthropists
Gary Sinise Gary Sinise
Citizen Artist


Mavis Staples Mavis Staples

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Concert-only tickets for the 2018 Spring Gala will go on sale to Kennedy Center members on March 6, 2018 and to the general public on March 7, 2018.


Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

5:00pm — Cocktail Reception, River Terrace
6:00pm — Dinner, Roof Terrace Level
8:00pm — Performance, Concert Hall
10:00pm — 'Til Midnight Party, Nations Gallery

The Kennedy Center Spring Gala Premier Sponsor

The Boeing Company