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Prelude 2008: Arts Across America

Open House Arts Festival

24th Annual!
Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

A free day of performances all throughout the Kennedy Center

It's a new season of Performing Arts for Everyone! The Kennedy Center is kicking off its 37th birthday with a celebration of American innovators and artists carrying on and developing traditions. Continuing the theme of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America, which highlights the diversity of the United States, Open House features artists from across the country and the D.C. area in more than 30 performances, demonstrations, and events.

Performance Schedule

Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
Open Captioned event
American Sign Language interpreted
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North Plaza

1-1:45 p.m. & 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Donald Knaack’s Junk Jams (Vermont) [K]

Monkey around with Junk Music play stations, sound sculptures made from recycled materials where visitors can have a Junk Jam.

2:15-3 p.m. & 4:45-5:30 p.m.
Dragon Art Studio (Oregon) [K]

NEA Heritage Award-winners Yuquin Wang and Zhengli Xu present the mastery of rod puppetry—a tradition from China featuring dramatic and acrobatic staging of folktales, legends, and opera.

12:15-6 p.m.
Edwin Fontánez’s Washington Chalk Festival (Puerto Rico) [K]

Now in its 12th year! Watch local artists at work and create your own colorful sidewalk masterpiece in chalk. This year, the festival welcomes the participation of Rick Aleman, Scott Buga, Pat Goslee, Seemeen Hashem, Judit Ilie, and Gina Robles-Villalba.

12:15-6 p.m.
NSO Instrument “Petting Zoo” [K]

Spotlighting instruments featured in the orchestra, this popular activity gives children the opportunity to strike, blow, and bow their way to fun. A project of the Women’s Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.

12:15-6 p.m.
Backstage at the Opera [K]

Get a close-up look at props and equipment that make the opera so spectacular! Show your opera spirit with a Washington National Opera temporary tattoo!

Artists and programming subject to change.