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Friends of the Kennedy Center est.1965Global Friends: Celebrating and Connecting Cultures through Arts Volunteerism

Global Friends are a special group within the Friends volunteer program, hailing from 40 countries and providing support for the Center's international initiatives and programming.

Global Friends serve either as either full-time active Friends or as members of the Friends Outreach Committee. If you are visiting the U.S. for a temporary (e.g. expat) assignment, if you hail from or currently live in a country outside the United States, or if you speak at least one foreign language fluently and are passionate about the arts, you would be the perfect Global Friend! If you are interested in joining, click here .

You might also enjoy being part of our team of Festival/Event volunteers, who help the Friends with staffing for all the festivals the Center presents throughout the year, including international and multicultural festivals. For more information, please see Festival/Event Volunteering.

Global Friends play a vital role in Celebrating and Connecting Cultures through Arts Volunteerism at the Kennedy Center, and also serve as a role model for promoting arts volunteerism globally.

About Şirin Köprücü – Chair, Global Friends

After volunteering with the Kennedy Center for five years Şirin Köprücü shared the Kennedy Center's vision about supporting arts volunteerism globally and helped start the Global Friends program in 2007. The program started a research initiative, instantly attracted many volunteers and resulted in speaking opportunities for the Center in other countries.

Şirin Köprücü is the owner of StrategicStraits, Inc, an international business training an consulting firm which supports arts volunteerism and arts center management around the world. For further information visit Arts – A Global Connector.

Friends of the Kennedy Center est.1965

"Being a Festival/Event volunteer at the Kennedy Center allows me to meet people from all over the world. Let's face it, where else would you see incredible art exhibits, enjoy free music, and learn about exotic and wonderful cultures, all under one roof? Whether learning about the Åland Islands or admiring a traditional Arabic wedding dress, the Kennedy Center is the place to be."

Wael Sherman, Festival/Event Volunteer
Wael Sherman

Interested in volunteering for the Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra? To volunteer, we invite you to become a member of the WC/NSO. 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