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JOHN F KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

AKA  The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
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Basic Organization Information

JOHN F KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Also Known As: The Kennedy Center
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20566 
EIN: 53-0245017
Web URL: www.kennedy-center.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
Ruling Year: 1959 


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Mission Statement

The mission of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is to fulfill President Kennedy’s vision by producing and presenting the greatest examples of music, dance, and theater; supporting artists in the creation of new work; and serving the nation as a leader in arts education.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: October 1, 2007
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2008

Total Revenue $178,752,946
Total Expenses $164,586,864

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Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2008

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Michael M. Kaiser

Term:

Since Feb 2001

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Budget:
$139,135,015
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. Under the guidance of President Michael M. Kaiser, the nine theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility attract audiences totaling two million; Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 20 million more.   Opening its doors on September 8, 1971, the Center presents the greatest examples of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. With its artistic affiliate, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Center’s achievements as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists have resulted in over 300 theatrical productions, dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works.   Each year more than 17 million people nationwide take part in innovative and effective education programs initiated by the Center—performances, lecture/demonstrations, open rehearsals, dance and music residencies, master classes, competitions for young actors and musicians, and workshops for teachers. These programs have become models for communities across the country.   The Center also has been at the forefront of making the performing arts accessible to persons with disabilities, highlighted by its affiliation with VSA, with which it shares programs and resources. At the end of 2005, the Center opened a new completely accessible theater for young people and families focusing on the presentation of Kennedy Center-commissioned productions.   As part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, the Center and the National Symphony Orchestra stage more than 400 free performances of music, dance, and theater by artists from throughout the world each year on the Center’s main stages, and every evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Kennedy Center is the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting approximately 2,000 performances each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million.

Program Short-Term Success:

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

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Expert Assessment

This organization is heralded for its long history of promoting and presenting the arts to wider and wider audiences. Beyond their general mandate, experts note a variety of particular programs which have aided artists and arts organizations. Read More »

Expert Reviews and Comments

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Evidence of Impact

This organization is heralded for its long history of promoting and presenting the arts to wider and wider audiences. Beyond their general mandate, experts note a variety of particular programs which have aided artists and arts organizations.

Impact
They present major national and international performances in our nation's capital. Foundation Professional
Their Arts in Crisis hotline and Arts Manager (a regular publication) are strengths. Researcher and Faculty
The John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has significantly leveraged effective educational practices through work with schools and districts. Researcher and Faculty
The John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts' work impacts artist development and arts education for performing arts and its administrators. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Scope and depth of programming attest to its impact. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts has a multi-effect on contributing to the field by commissioning, producing, and presenting meaningful work. They educate and expand audiences for the arts on a national and international level and provide educational opportunities to strengthen artistic administrations. Nonprofit Senior Staff
In addition to producing/presenting important and compelling work, the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts under Michael Kaiser has become an important player in the training of nonprofit leaders. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

Nearly all experts cited leadership as an asset to the organization. Others cite broader operating efficiencies as well as the quality of their program design.

Leadership & Program Design
They have dynamic leadership. They offer mentoring programs that reach across the US including a well-respected arts education program and arts management programs. Foundation Professional
Leadership
This is our national performing arts center. They have highly visible leadership. Their programming is engaged throughout the US. Foundation Professional
All examples provided are strengths of this organization. Especially leadership - Michael Kaiser has been a tremendous force in the arts community. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Leadership & Staff
Their leadership as demonstrated by its President, Michael Kaiser (the unofficial cultural ambassador of the U.S.) and its financial commitment to arts management training are strengths. Researcher and Faculty
Program Design
Their needs assessment, development of useful assessment instruments, and engagement of school and community leaders are strengths. Researcher and Faculty
It has a strong and comprehensive arts education program that has a national reach. It makes an effort to support and present artists from across the country and around the world. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has very strong national visibility and is well known for high quality programming. I believe the Kennedy Center is also perceived to be fairly well-resourced due to several federal government earmarks. This could be both a good and bad thing. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I think their program to build the capacity of organizations of color across the country is effective and is an excellent way for them to fulfill their mandate to serve the nation. Other
Impact
They have had a profound impact on the performing arts at the international level. Researcher and Faculty
Field Leadership
This is intentionally a leader and proselytizer in performing arts in the USA. Researcher and Faculty
Visibility
National visibility is their greatest strength. Researcher and Faculty
Operations
It has strong, visionary leadership, international programming and excellent marketing and management. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Leadership & Marketing
Their leadership and marketing are both strengths. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

Of the few areas for improvement mentioned, experts recommended expanding diversity, improving outreach, and fostering more collaboration.

Collaboration
This organization needs to collaborate with a local major university. Researcher and Faculty
Outreach
Their impact needs to reach individual communities and support already existing organizations who present high level arts programs. The staff needs to be "out there" seeing and documenting what is really going on beyond the beltway and the Wash-Boston corridor. They need to get past the awards and competition emphasis and really find the arts in America and share them. Researcher and Faculty
Expand Outreach
In most cases, outside of its arts education work, the community has to come to the Kennedy Center. Maybe the Kennedy Center should consider how to expand its resources beyond its location through free performance opportunities in poorly served neighborhoods of DC. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Diversity
They could use greater diversity in senior programming positions. They could also work on the allocation of more resources to the development of a diverse workforce of contemporary artists. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Advocacy
Its education programs and advocacy services seem to be lacking the same integrity and quality of its performance programming. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Programming
The Millennium Stage idea is nice - free shows for the public. But the programming is poor. The Millennium stage programs are very uneven. The annual seasons are really weak -- why is Suzanne Farrell the resident company? It is bumping some world-class possibilities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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