Since December 2001, The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation
Series for Artistic Excellence has made possible
a ten-year initiative of innovative and
inventive performances. The series, funded
through a leadership grant of ten million
dollars from the Catherine B. Reynolds
Foundation, will enable the Center to
select and produce unique annual performances
or collaborative efforts between artists.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic
Excellence presents performances or collaborations
selected from opera, theater, ballet, symphonic music,
jazz, or modern dance. Each year the Kennedy Center
produces a world-class production to showcase as part
of the series; previous performances have included
appearances by Russia’s famed Bolshoi Ballet
as well as a concert version of Oscar Hammerstein’s
Carmen Jones featuring Vanessa Williams.
The series reflects the Kennedy Center’s and the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation’s commitment to making these projects accessible to children. A number of seats to each event will be held for Washington, D.C. school children, and the Kennedy Center Education Department will produce related educational programming for each presentation in the series.
The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation is a nonprofit organization that takes an innovative approach to philanthropy. In addition to offering grants and awards, it believes in direct action, promoting education, and creating powerful incentives that will stir young people to strive for excellence.