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Friends of the Kennedy Center est.1965

Nicole Robertson-Obas "I really enjoy being a Kennedy Center volunteer. Where else can you expose yourself to the world of the performing arts, meet interesting people, have fun, and be in the most beautiful center for performing arts in the world, all at the same time? Nowhere but the Kennedy Center!"
- Nicole Robertson-Obas, Festival/Event Volunteer

Interested in volunteering for the National Symphony Orchestra Women's Committee? To volunteer, we invite you to become a member of the NSO/WC. Volunteers support the NSO Petting Zoo, the Summer Music Institute, and NSO in Your Neighborhood. For more information, click here!


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 Rauno Merisalu "As a first-time volunteer at the Kennedy Center, it was great to be a part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival and share my cultural knowledge of Finland. For the amount of information I gave to the visitors, I learned at least twofold back - volunteering made this possible. I also loved learning about the free performances at the Millennium Stage. Every day of the year, visitors can attend these shows at no cost; during Nordic Cool, the performances featured music, theater, dance, and food from the Nordic countries, which was fantastic."
Rauno Merisalu,
Nordic Cool 2013 volunteer
From the country of Finland

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

Festival and Event Volunteering

The Festival/Event volunteers assist the Friends volunteers with staffing the international festival, Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park as well as other events at the Kennedy Center. If you are interested please email with your name, address, phone number, and email address. We will then add your name to our Festival/Event database! Please also let us know if you are age 35 and under to become part of a fledging group NexGenFriends. NexGenFriends are individuals age 35 and under who volunteer at the Kennedy Center either on a weekly basis, as members of the Festival/Event volunteer program, or as individuals who actively support the NexGenFriends mission of advocating volunteer support in the arts and promoting Kennedy Center performances.

Festival/Event Volunteers receive benefits during their time of service, including discounted parking in the Kennedy Center garage.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for our next international festival IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix March 2 through March 24, 2015. This festival will highlight the cultures of Portugal and Spain and the impact they have had around the world, as well as the vast influence this region has embraced from other cultures. Click here for a volunteer application.

Other volunteer positions for Festival/Event opportunities can be as diverse as assisting with check-in for one-day workshops, to working side-by-side with an artist visiting the Kennedy Center, to assisting with the NSO Women's Committee Instrument Petting Zoo to Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park.

Here are a few testimonials from Festival/Event volunteers who worked the Nordic Cool festival, held at the Kennedy Center in February and March of 2013:

"I believe that the international festivals are an important part of the Kennedy Center's programming because they showcase specific cultures. These festivals bring together those of us who may not be familiar with the cultures represented and are curious to learn about them alongside members of DC's international community who are either from these countries or more aware of the cultures."
Andrew Addison, of Norwegian descent
"Volunteering for Nordic Cool 2013 was a great way for me to learn about the other Nordic countries besides my own Swedish heritage. This was especially true because of the exhibits and performances I was able to attend, as they represented their culture in ways that were different, yet the same as mine. I really enjoyed the Royal Swedish Orchestra concert that kicked off the festival. It was absolutely eye-opening."
–Juergen Zilling, Sweden