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JFK's Words Ring True Today, Found On the Walls of The Kennedy Center and the REACH
To passionate arts lovers, the words of John F. Kennedy’s words ring true today. “I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft,” (JFK, at Amherst College, October 26, 1963) reads one of the 35th president’s ringing exhortations, prominently chiseled on the walls overlooking the Kennedy Center terrace. Nearby is another: “This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.” (JFK, State of the Union Message, January 14, 1963) The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by...
Jackie Kennedy Celebrated the White House Christmas Tree
The first White House Christmas in 1961 started out pretty well, as 32-year-old Jackie Kennedy had hit her stride as First Lady. She introduced the tradition of Christmas Tree themes, replacing the tinsel and white lights of the Eisenhowers’ Silver Tree. Instead, she decorated the White House tree with ornaments from the Tchaikovsky ballet, The Nutcracker, including gingerbread cookies, tiny toys, sugarplum fairies and candy canes. Mrs. Kennedy reused these ornaments in 1962 for her children's theme tree. Set up in the North Entrance, this festive tree also featured brightly wrapped packages, candy canes, gingerbread cookies and straw ornaments made...
All Things Nutcracker Are At The Kennedy Center
A holiday favorite – The Nutcracker Ballet – is returning to the Kennedy Center and through the art center’s gift shops and online store you can bring Clara and her Nutcracker Prince into your home. This year the celebrated production is set in historic 1882 Georgetown with George Washington, King George III, and other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. Set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, this celebrated classic comes to life with intricate, stunning set designs, original period costumes and over 100 dancers including students and trainees from The Washington...
The Kennedy Center Holiday Gift Guide is Here!
The website for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts now has a new, improved, easy-to-use on-line shopping experience! The Kennedy Center Gift Shops and the new on-line shopping site offer a carefully sourced, produced and curated selection of high-quality unique products. In the new on-line shop, you will find an ever-expanding offering of performance related products, unique jewelry, accessories and apparel, toys and games, high-quality gifts and collectibles, music CD’s and books, Kennedy-inspired gifts and unique branded merchandise inspired by and reflective of the Kennedy Center’s mission and creative arts. The mission of The Kennedy Center is to increase opportunities for...
Mo Willems Is The Kennedy Center's First Education Artist-in-Residence
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