The REACH at the Kennedy Center
D.C's newest cultural landmark
Experience President John F. Kennedy’s vision and legacy across new frontiers
With the opening of the REACH, we have become one of the nation’s most interactive and inspiring arts & culture destinations, where everyone truly belongs. We’re your favorite hangout spot where you, your friends, and your family can relax and be a part of something entertaining, enlightening, and perhaps even unexpected every day of the year.
Inspiration is a human right that belongs to us all
Whether you’ve seen just a show or two here, been coming here for years, or never visited us before, we invite you to get to know a whole new Kennedy Center that’s taking our namesake’s unwavering belief in human potential to even greater heights.
Upcoming Events at the REACH
Fri. Jan. 31, 2020
Inspired by the line-crossing energy of comedy roasts, The Time Machine Roast hurls its hilarious flaming arrows at history. Nationally touring comedians get into character and costume for the meanest, funniest, most historically accurate jokes you've ever heard.
Sat. Feb. 1, 2020
Broccoli City Festival partners with the Kennedy Center to take over the Club at Studio K for a night of music, art, and culture. Join BC founders and the BCF community as they provide a sneak peek of Broccoli City Festival 2020.
Thu. Feb. 6, 2020
Linda May Han Oh’s critically-acclaimed recent album, Aventurine, fuses left-field jazz, string quartet, and choir. NPR says, “Beyond her authority and dynamic presence as a bassist, Oh has become a first-rate bandleader and composer.” A supreme supporter of the jazz community, she’s collaborated with artists like Pat Metheny, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, the late Geri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Explore the REACH
The REACH is a place where visitors, audiences, and artists can come together for collaboration, experimentation, and exploration in the spirit of President Kennedy’s vision for a new frontier for the arts. Many of the spaces have been named after historical and personal moments in his life as an expression of our role as his living memorial.
View maps of the grounds and interior spaces at the REACH.
Event rentals at the REACH offer a wide range of multi-functional spaces and state of the art technology.
The Club at Studio K is D.C.’s newest destination to experience the very best in contemporary music and culture.
The recent expansion of the Kennedy Center is commitred to environmentally responsible design.
From dance and beat making to poetry and animation, the Moonshot Studio offers free activities for people of all ages to explore their artistry and learn something new.
Opening September 7, 2019, the REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is more than a physical expansion of the nation’s cultural center: It’s a new way of imagining the intersection between audiences and art. In the lead up and following this Opening, there are many stories to be told about the project itself, the past and the future of the Kennedy Center, architect Steven Holl’s innovative design, the artistic and cultural vision, and the artists and audiences who will benefit from these new public spaces. Members of the media will find basic background materials here. Please contact us for further information, and to arrange tours and interviews.
David M. Rubenstein
Cornerstone of the REACH