The Kennedy Center Arts Summit

2016 Arts Summit

The 2017 Kennedy Center Arts Summit
In collaboration with the Aspen Institute Arts Program, Citizen University, and

the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Co-Hosted by Yo-Yo Ma
May 6, 2017

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The Kennedy Center Arts Summit is an annual spring convening designed to bring thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for conversation and connection. Set to be held in Washington, DC on May 6, 2017, this year’s edition of the Summit will focus on Cultural Moonshots, exploring how the arts can propel our thinking towards new ideas and actions, including the leaders we look to for guidance and inspiration. As we explore and investigate these ideas together, we'll also honor President John F. Kennedy's legacy through ideals of courage, service, justice, freedom, and gratitude. The program will serve as a reflection on current and past efforts as well as the launching pad for new collaborations and initiatives among participants. The Arts Summit is part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, inspired by five enduring ideals often ascribed to JFK: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude.

More information on agenda, participants, and details forthcoming. Stay tuned! Checkout 2016 content here

Additionally, at the 2017 Arts Summit we will introduce and recognize a new cohort of Citizen Artist Fellows. Please see the Citizen Artist Fellows for more information.

Citizen Artist Fellows

Do you know a citizen artist in your community?

Nominate them to be a 2017/2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow!

Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition
Artists Creating Positive Impact

The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by uplifting ideals from his legacy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude) that live through the arts. As part of this celebration of legacy, the Kennedy Center launched the "Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition" in 2016, which recognizes emerging artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities. The recognized Citizen Artists Fellows will be mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large, among other Kennedy Center artistic partners. Additionally, they will receive national attention for their impact in their local communities and opportunities to showcase their voice and work on stage, through exhibition, and at national convenings.

The recognized Citizen Artist Fellows are a signature component of our annual spring Arts Summit, a national platform for shining a spotlight on stories of Citizen Artists who live up to President Kennedy's ideals. The recognized Citizen Artist Fellows represent the overall diversity of the national audience the Kennedy Center strives to reflect and serve.
Selected Citizen Artist Fellows will...

  • Attend, present, and participate in Kennedy Center's Annual Arts Summit, May 5-7, 2017, designed to bring thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for conversation and connection
  • Collaborate, share practices, and receive mentorship from Yo-Yo Ma and others at the Summer Retreat (Tentatively August 2017)
  • Regularly connect on conference calls with each other and Kennedy Center staff
  • Receive opportunities and information regarding national convenings, grant applications, and other resources from top partners such as Aspen Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtChangeUS, and Citizen University
  • Attend, present, and participate in Kennedy Center's 2018 Arts Summit, tentatively scheduled for April 16, 2018.

Eligibility and Nomination

Citizen Artist Fellows must be 21 years of age and older. The Kennedy Center will recognize one Citizen Artist Fellow from each of five US regions (West Coast/Hawaii/Alaska; Southwest; Midwest; Southeast/Virgin Islands; Northeast).