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Individual Involvement
Circles Membership

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Discover new ways to enjoy the Kennedy Center through exclusive privileges reserved for members only.

As a patron of the arts, you already belong to an exceptional group of people. We invite you to join others who share your love of the arts through membership in the Circles of the Kennedy Center -- our most distinguished group of contributors. As a member of the Circles you will receive exclusive privileges and benefits in appreciation of your generous gift.

Your Gift at Work Everyday

Photo: Harriet Harris at Circle Cast Party '06'

Harriet Harris, star of the Kennedy Center original production of Mame, mingles with guests at the Circles Cast Party for the show in June 2006.

Your membership contribution sustains a spectacular array of artistic and public service programs that include education performances and activities that touch the lives of 11 million schoolchildren each year, largely in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, but with extensions throughout the country. The Kennedy Center is proud to be the world's largest provider of performing arts education.

You Help Close the Gap

Photo: Stephen Sondheim Circle Cast Party '02'

Composer Stephen Sondheim speaks with Circles member Helen Lee Henderson at the Circles Cast Party following Sweeney Todd in 2002.

While we are a federal presidential memorial, our artistic and outreach programs are privately supported. The Kennedy Center receives no direct federal appropriations for artistic programming. By law, our appropriations must be applied only to the maintenance of the actual building. Ticket sales and other earned income cover only 60% of our operating expenses, which means we must raise around $50 million annually to deliver the kind of excellence on the stage and in our many programs for children, teachers, aspiring artists, and underserved communities that you -- and they -- have come to expect. Your membership is truly vital to our mission and financial well-being.

Contact the Circles

Kennedy Center Circles
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

(202) 416-8078
(202) 416-8666 FAX

Circles@Kennedy-Center.org