Ends on April 30, 2017

Thank you for your interest in LEAD® 2017!

Every year the Kennedy Center's Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) conference brings experienced and new professionals together to explore practical methods for implementing accessibility in cultural environments.  At LEAD®, we share resources and knowledge, develop best practices, and experience accessibility in action. More information about LEAD® 2017 can be found here

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in arts administration/management or museum studies programs can apply for a scholarship to attend the LEAD® Conference at a reduced rate of $180. If accepted, student registration would include access to sessions Tuesday, August 8 through Thursday, August 10, 2017. Additional fees apply for capacity building workshops as well as the Awards Evening and other special events.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2017. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Kennedy Center Access Office at access@kennedy-center.org or call 202-416-8727. 

The Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) Certificate of Study is an ongoing program that annually recognizes teachers' participation in professional learning. Teachers who complete the requirements for the 2016-17 Certificate will be invited to the Kennedy Center for a special awards ceremony on Friday, April 28.

The deadline to complete this application is Friday, February 24.

Before completing this application, be sure that you have fulfilled all requirements listed on page 35 in the Kennedy Center's school brochure (http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d070bdaf). The requirements for the Certificate of Study must be completed within two years. All fields on this form MUST be complete for your application to be considered.

If you are an administrator applying for the Certificate of Study, email Lizzie Morales at EAMorales@kennedy-center.org for specific assignment requirements.

You need the following items to complete this application:

  • Titles, locations, dates, and number of hours for each professional learning option you attended (or are planning to attend) to fulfill the requirements for Part 1 and Part 2.
  • One completed example of documentation using the following PowerPoint template and requirements in this folder: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rcz2hwyuaa0byf9/AADjPHZ0dYWpFaEuzmJp3A-aa?dl=0. NOTE: A Kennedy Center staff member will review your documentation example and provide you with feedback.

If your example of documentation is too large to be uploaded to this application, then send it to EAMorales@kennedy-center.org via Dropbox.

All assignments must be received by February 24.

If you have any questions at any time during this process, then call Lizzie Morales, CETA Program Coordinator, at (202) 416-8842.

To move forward with submitting your application, create an account below and click the "Create Account and Continue" button.

The My Tix Community Group Program has been developed to provide access to Kennedy Center performances to those who otherwise may not be able to attend due to limited financial resources. Attendance is coordinated through organizations that provide direct service to the following priority groups: (1) persons with disabilities, (2) pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students, (3) current and/or former members of the armed forces (including veterans with and without disabilities), and (4) senior citizens.

Your school is invited to apply for participation in the Get on the Bus program, a DC School and Community Initiatives project inspired by America’s Promise Alliance.

Get on the Bus supports 
attendance of students from Title I schools to attend a Kennedy Center school day performance. The Get on the Bus program can provide support for a group of up to 50 (includes students and chaperones) to attend a Kennedy Center performance inclusive of costs for tickets and bus transportation or for a group of up to 100 (includes students and chaperones) to attend a Kennedy Center performance, inclusive of tickets only. If a group would like to purchase more tickets to serve its entirety, the Kennedy Center will reserve tickets on the group’s behalf and invoice the group for the extra tickets after the performance. 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with support honored on a first-come, first served basis 
and until funding for the program is exhausted. We can only accept one application per school. 

Detailed information about eligible performances may be found in the 2016-2017 Kennedy Center Performances for School Groups brochure. You may also review the performances online by visiting www.kennedy-center.org/schoolbrochureOnce you have completed and submitted the following application, you will receive notification concerning the status of your request within three weeks after your submission. 

For questions pertaining to the Get on the Bus program, please contact Sirena Dib, Program 
Assistant, DC School and Community Initiatives, at (202) 416-8803.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 Rosemary Kennedy Initiative Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Implement transition opportunities for youth with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 15 to 22, in creative careers, arts, arts education, or arts management internships, apprenticeships, or pre-professional training programs of 40 or more hours. Serve 5 or more students with disabilities. Must be an arts organization, whose primary mission is cultural, to apply.

Contract Amounts: $3,000–$15,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description

The Rosemary Kennedy Initiative provides transition to work and career development opportunities in creative careers, the arts, arts education, or arts management for youth with disabilities, particularly the inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities, ages 15-22. The program includes such transition opportunities as internships, apprenticeships, and pre-professional trainings that are designed to enhance the individual’s potential for arts-based employment or creative careers. Program participants receive instruction and hands-on activities in which they develop critical creative career and arts employment skills, acquire real world experience, and have the opportunity to interact with peers and professionals in an employment setting.

The Rosemary Kennedy Initiative has active partnerships among arts organizations, schools, school districts, and/or disability service organizations. It has clear participant recruitment strategies, defined skill development/learning objectives and outcomes, and provides 40 or more instructional and/or experiential hours per intern, apprentice, trainee, or transitioning youth. The program may be conducted at the local, state, or regional level.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the Rosemary Kennedy Initiative at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the Rosemary Kennedy Initiative, core components include:

1. Engaging and serving youth with disabilities, ages 15 to 22, who demonstrate an interest in an arts-based or creative career.

2. Serving 5 (five) or more youth with disabilities. Preference given to transition opportunities that are inclusive of youth with intellectual disabilities.
3. Providing 40 (forty) or more instructional and/or experiential hours per youth with a disability.
4. Implementing instruction and educational experiences through at least 2 of 3 (two of the three) components below:

a.    Arts administration/management: Duties that support and assist in the contracting organization’s mission and work.
b.    Professional development: Lectures, seminars, conferences, and/or networking events with established arts professionals highlighting career development strategies.
c.    Artistic or creative career training: Training and/or professionally-led studio time, classes or workshops in the creative career or arts discipline of the contracting organization.

5. Demonstrating the capacity to engage youth with disabilities by having an active partnership between the arts organization (whose primary mission is cultural, such as but not limited to, a theater, museum, or arts council) and schools, school districts, and/or service organizations serving youth with disabilities. Taking many forms, examples of internships, apprenticeships, and pre-professional training may include, but are not limited to:

a.    Integrating youth with disabilities into an existing internship program at a cultural venue where each individual has a work placement and all interns go through the same professional development instruction together as a cohort.
b.    Youth with disabilities are apprenticed to a studio to develop art and business skills, learning at their own pace to professionally create and market art products for sale.
c.    Youth with disabilities train with a performing arts company to hone artistic and business skills through structured instruction, auditions and performances.

6. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies and techniques that facilitate learning for transition age (15-22 years) students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
7. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise and credentials in the development and/or delivery of the program.


Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA Arts Connect All--Professional Development Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 

Summary
Contract Description: Implement professional development opportunities of 5 or more hours for educators teaching the arts to students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12. Serve 50 or more educators of students with disabilities.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$20,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA Arts Connect All–Professional Development Program for educators of students with disabilities provides 5 (five) or more instructional hours per educator in trainings, workshops, seminars, or courses to improve teaching skills for educators and learning outcomes for students with disabilities in the arts (students ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The program engages educators serving students with disabilities in the community and in self-contained, special education, and/or inclusive classrooms across schools, school districts, cities, counties, states, or regions.

The program builds skills and knowledge to apply sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction (see the National Core Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/) that support teaching and learning and that develop artistic skills and cultural literacy of students with disabilities in literary, media, visual and performing arts (theater, dance, music). The program prepares educators to improve arts education, arts integration, student engagement, and academic achievement through the arts.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Arts Connect All–Professional Development Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA Arts Connect AllProfessional Development Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving educators teaching the arts to students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten through grade 12. 
  2. Serving 50 (fifty) or more educators of students with disabilities. 
  3. Implementing professional development opportunities of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per participant. 
  4. Building educators’ skills and knowledge of methods, strategies, and frameworks in the following areas to strengthen educator ability to improve student performance and critical skills development: (a) effective teaching practices for educators of students with disabilities; (b)  Arts learning for students with disabilities; (c) Academic learning for students with disabilities.
  5. Modeling instruction using current effective teaching practices that allow educators to design and deliver standards-aligned arts programs to students with disabilities. 
  6. Demonstrating an understanding of arts-based subject matter; of strategies and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities; and techniques that support the full inclusion of students with disabilities in arts programming.
  7. Demonstrating an ability to communicate arts concepts and knowledge, as well as instructional strategies described above, to educators of students with disabilities. Must have substantive involvement in the development or delivery of the program by personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise and credentials.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.   Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA Arts Connect All--Workshop/Residency Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Implement school or community arts education workshops and/or residencies of 5 or more instructional hours for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$20,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA Arts Connect All–Workshop/Residency Program provides arts education experiences of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student with a disability, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The program may take place in the community, in self-contained special education, and/or inclusive classrooms of one or more schools, across school districts, cities, counties, states, or regions.

The VSA Arts Connect All–Workshop/Residency Program addresses the needs of students with disabilities through the application of sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction (see the National Core Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/). The program provides students with disabilities hands-on educational experiences in one or more of the following arts disciplines: performing (theater, dance, music), media, visual, and/or literary arts. Program goals include improving arts education, artistic skills, cultural literacy, academic achievement and intellectual development; enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Arts Connect All–Workshop/Residency Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA Arts Connect AllWorkshop/Residency Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, in arts learning.
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing experiential, arts education workshops and/or residencies of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student in one or more of the following arts disciplines: performing (theater, dance, music), media, visual, and/or literary arts.
  4. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  5. Understanding of arts-based subject matter and ability to teach arts concepts to students with disabilities.
  6. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
  7. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Implement visual art education classes or workshops of 5 or more instructional hours for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12. Use at least 2 activities from the VSA Teacher Resource Guide. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$20,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program provides experiential visual art classes or workshops of 5 (five) or more hours of instruction per student with disabilities, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), using at least 2 (two) activities from the VSA Teacher Resource Guide 2016-2017 (currently under development). The program builds students’ skills through the application of sound pedagogical principles and quality curricula to create original works of visual art and the opportunity to explore one or more visual art media and genres. Artwork created by eligible students is to be submitted to the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities online art exhibition, from which a number of pieces may be selected for a live exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Program goals include generating and conceptualizing artistic ideas and work through creativity and innovative thinking; developing and refining artistic techniques and work through experimentation; analyzing and interpreting the intent and meaning of artistic works through reflection and communication; relating artistic ideas and works to personal experiences and societal, cultural, and historical contexts; and developing an understanding and appreciation of art (see the National Core Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org).

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Children’s Visual Art Discovery Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA Children's Visual Art Discovery Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, in arts learning.
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing visual art-based educational, experiential classes or workshops of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student.
  4. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  5. Understanding of visual art-based subject matter and an ability to teach arts concepts to students with disabilities.
  6. Incorporating at least 2 (two) lesson plans from the VSA Teacher Resource Guide 2017-2018 (currently under development) provided by the Kennedy Center.
  7. Submitting artwork created by students with disabilities to the online gallery of the VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities.
  8. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
  9. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.   Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA Museum Access for Kids Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Implement accessible arts experiences with related educational programming for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12. Serve 100 or more students with disabilities. Must be a nonprofit museum to apply.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$15,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA Museum Access for Kids Program fosters the engagement of students with disabilities, pre-kindergarten–grade 12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Act), in the arts and culture of their community by providing opportunities to learn through, participate in, attend, and enjoy accessible arts-based events and activities. 

The VSA Museum Access for Kids Program intentionally includes students with disabilities in school or public programming at a museum and provides related in-school, community, or in-museum educational programming. This program provides appropriate accommodations and accessibility services such as: sign language interpreters and captioning; large print, braille and/or audio versions of print materials; audio description; and social stories and sensory/autism friendly environments. The program also ensures that museum staff, educators, and volunteers are properly prepared and trained, and may provide subsidized tickets or admission fees for students with disabilities and their teachers or aides.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Museum Access for Kids Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA Museum Access for Kids Program, core components include:

1.    Engaging and serving a minimum of 100 (one hundred) children or youth with disabilities, ages 3 to 22.
2.    Providing a minimum of 1 (one) accessible visit to a museum with an accompanying educational component, such as a docent-led tour, hands-on workshop, or pre- or post-visit discussion. Please note:

a.    Offering students with disabilities multiple opportunities for museum visits with accompanying educational activity over the course of the contract is preferred.

b.  The provision of study guides and/or social stories does not qualify as the accompanying educational components.

3.    Having active and engaged partnerships or relationships with at least one local school or school district serving students with disabilities.
4.    Demonstrating the capacity to engage special education programs and/or specialized schools that serve students with disabilities through an existing partnership.
5.    Demonstrating experience and the capacity to provide accessibility accommodations for students with disabilities.
6.    Providing access training for staff and volunteers.
7.    Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
8.    Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Provide accessible performing arts experiences with related educational programming for students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, pre-kindergarten–grade 12.* Serve 100 or more students with disabilities. Must be a nonprofit performing arts venue to apply.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$15,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description

The VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program fosters the engagement of students with disabilities, pre-kindergarten–grade 12 (ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Act), in the arts and culture of their community by providing opportunities for students with disabilities to learn through, participate in, attend, and enjoy accessible performances. 

The VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Programs intentionally includes children and youth with disabilities in school or public programming at a performing arts venue and provides related pre- and/or post-event in-school, community, or in-performing arts venue educational programming. This program provides appropriate accommodations and accessibility services such as: sign language interpreters and captioning; large print, braille and/or audio versions of print materials; audio description; and social stories and sensory/autism friendly environments. The program also ensures that performing arts venue staff, educators, and volunteers are properly prepared and trained, and may provide subsidized tickets or admission fees for students with disabilities and their teachers or aides.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA Performing Arts Access for Kids Program, core components include:

1.    Engaging and serving a minimum of 100 (one hundred) children or youth with disabilities, ages 3 to 22.
2.    Providing a minimum of 1 (one) accessible performance in a theater or performing arts venue with an accompanying pre- and/or post-event educational experience, such as an in-school workshop or assembly or a pre- or post-performance discussion. Please note:

a.    Offering students with disabilities multiple opportunities to attend a performance and accompanying educational event or activity over the course of the contract is preferred.

b.  The provision of study guides and/or social stories does not qualify as the accompanying educational component.

3.    Having active and engaged partnerships or relationships with at least one local school or school district serving students with disabilities.
4.    Demonstrating the capacity to engage special education programs and/or specialized schools that serve students with disabilities through an existing partnership.
5.    Demonstrating experience and the capacity to provide accessibility accommodations for students with disabilities.
6.    Providing access training for staff and volunteers.
7.    Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
8.    Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Implement writing for performance classes or workshops for students with disabilities, in middle and high school, grades 6-12, ages 11-22. Explore the theme of the disability experience in 5 or more instructional hours per student. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$20,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA Playwright Discovery Program gives students with disabilities, in middle school and high school (grades 6-12, ages 11-18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), classes or workshops of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student, the skills to create original scripts for theater, screenplays for film and video, spoken word poetry, or music theatre that explore the disability experience. The program addresses the learning needs of students through sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction (see the National Cores Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/). Experiential educational activities include outcomes related to theater, media arts, writing, literacy, and communication.

The VSA Playwright Discovery Program results in the creation of writing for performance by 1 (one) student or a group of up to 5 (five) students collaborating. The program may take place in the community, in self-contained special education, and/or inclusive classrooms of one or more schools, across school districts, cities, counties, states, or regions. Writing created by eligible students participating in the VSA Playwright Discovery Program is to be submitted to the VSA Playwright Discovery Showcase, from which a number of pieces may be selected for presentation in Washington, D.C.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA Playwright Discovery Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA Playwright Discovery Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving youth with disabilities in middle school or high school, grades 6-12. 
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing a hands-on experiential opportunity of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student, exploring writing for performance on the theme of the disability experience.
  4. Understanding of writing for performance (scripts for theater, screenplays for film and video, spoken word poetry, or music theatre) and an ability to teach concepts to students with disabilities.
  5. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  6. Jurying writing for performance generated by the program, under the guidance of the Kennedy Center, and submitting juried pieces to the VSA Playwright Discovery Showcase. For plays and screenplays, using the Ten-Minute Play format is preferred.
  7. Ensuring that all participating teachers and students know about the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program.
  8. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
  9. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

IMPORTANT
Before you complete this online application, download and read the complete 2017-2018 VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program Request for Contract Proposals in full at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/requests_for_proposals.cfm 


Summary
Contract Description: Implement digital storytelling classes or workshops for students with disabilities, middle and high school, grades 6-12, ages 11-22. Explore the theme of the disability experience. Provide 5 or more instructional hours per student. Serve 75 or more students with disabilities.
Contract Amounts: $3,000–$20,000
Contract Proposal Deadline: March 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Webinar – How to Prepare a Contract Proposal (optional to participate):
February 9, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST  and  February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7274856392472446980
Captioning available at: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=JFKCENTER

If you are unable to attend a live webinar, by registering you will automatically receive a link to a recording following the webinar's completion.

To request an accommodation or receive these materials in an alternate format, contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Background
As the nation’s performing arts center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a goal of providing powerful, culturally relevant educational experiences for all. To this end, the Kennedy Center’s VSA programs extend across the United States to address a variety of disability-related, arts education initiatives in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts (theater, dance, music).

Program Description
The VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program provides students with disabilities, in middle school and high school (grades 2-12, ages 7-18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), classes or workshops of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student, the skills to create original digital stories on the disability experience using media arts. Media arts include moving image (cinema, film, video, multimedia), sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design. The program addresses the learning needs of students through sound pedagogical principles, quality curricula, and arts standards-aligned instruction that cultivates both artistic and technological skills (see the National Cores Arts Standards at http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/).

The VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program results in the creation of digital stories by 1 (one) student or a group of students collaborating. The program may take place in the community, in self-contained special education, and/or inclusive classrooms of one or more schools, across school districts, cities, counties, states, or regions. Digital stories created by eligible students participating in the VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program are to be submitted to the VSA TiLT Challenge, from which a number of pieces may be selected for presentation in Washington, D.C.

Scope of Work
To accomplish the above, eligible and qualified contractors are being sought to perform the VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program at the local, state, or regional level to expand the Kennedy Center’s program impact.

All VSA programs have the following core components:
  1. Are arts-based, educational, and involve individuals with disabilities or the disability experience.
  2. Are physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities, or are conducted such that requests for accommodation, effective communication, or physical access shall be fulfilled.
  3. Have clear and articulated learning objectives and intended outcomes.
  4. Address state/national arts education standards.
  5. Measure impact on participants through assessments and evaluations.
In addition, for the VSA TiLT Digital Storytelling Program, core components include:
  1. Engaging and serving youth with disabilities in middle school or high school, grades 6-12.
  2. Serving 75 (seventy-five) or more students with disabilities.
  3. Implementing a hands-on experiential opportunity of 5 (five) or more instructional hours per student, exploring digital storytelling on the theme of the disability experience.
  4. Understanding of media arts [moving image (cinema, film, video, multimedia), sound, interactive, spatial and/or interactive design] and an ability to teach concepts to students with disabilities.
  5. Building skills of students with disabilities using standards-aligned instruction in the following areas: (a) Arts learning, (b) Academic learning, (c) Social emotional learning.
  6. Submitting eligible final projects in media, video, and creative storytelling to the VSA TiLT Gallery.
  7. Understanding and utilization of current effective teaching practices, strategies, and techniques that facilitate learning for students with disabilities and allow students with disabilities to be fully included in arts programming.
  8. Substantively involving personnel, consultants, and/or advisors with special education expertise in the development and/or delivery of the program.

Contract Proposal Deadline
1.    Proposal Submission Deadline: March 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.
2.   Notification: Selected recipients will be notified on a rolling basis or by June 30, 2017.

Questions
Please direct questions about the RFP or this form to Stephanie Litvak at 202-416-8847 or sslitvak@kennedy-center.org.

About the Award

The LEAD® Award for Emerging Leaders was created in 2008 to acknowledge arts administrators who are motivated by the LEAD® conference to become an advocate for accessibility within their own organizations and communities. These individuals have successfully applied what they learn at the conference to open doors to and shape opportunities that are inclusive of people with disabilities and older adults in the cultural arts.

Criteria

Recipients must have attended a LEAD® conference within the past two years and implemented a new access initiative or project as a direct result of their attendance. These new initiatives can include any efforts to improve accessibility, such as conducting a docent, staff, or volunteer accessibility training; providing materials in alternate formats; interpreting a lecture or performance; reviewing and revising organizational policies; forming an access advisory committee; etc.

Applications for the 2017 Awards for Emerging Leaders must be received by May 16, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by committee and applicants may be contacted for an interview.

Eligibility

Employees of the Kennedy Center and individuals contracted to work directly with the Office of VSA & Accessibility at the Kennedy Center are ineligible for LEAD Awards while they are under contract and for one year after termination of their agreement. This shall not include individuals engaged solely to provide expertise as speakers or otherwise in connection with any Kennedy Center events.

VSA Affiliates and VSA Contractor organizations are welcome to apply or be nominated for LEAD awards, however, they must demonstrate that a significant portion of their cultural access work is not funded by the Kennedy Center.

Ends on May 16, 2017

About the Award

The LEAD® Awards for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership are unique in that they recognize a full body of work and concentrate on addressing the needs of the disability community as a whole.

Recipients are selected for having sustained accessibility efforts over a significant period of time, demonstrating either an individual or institutional commitment to the inclusion of all people with disabilities. This pertains to incorporating accessibility into organizational programs, projects, and environments. Other factors considered in selecting award winners are the breadth of impact and how the person or entity has served as a role-model or leader within the cultural arts community and in areas such as business, social service, and government.

Nominations

Individuals who have attended the Kennedy Center's LEAD® Conference within the past four years are eligible to nominate arts organizations or individuals for the LEAD® Awards for Excellence in Accessibility Leadership.

Applications for the 2017 Awards for Excellence must be received by May 16, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by committee and applicants may be contacted for an interview.

Eligibility

Employees of the Kennedy Center and individuals contracted to work directly with the Office of VSA & Accessibility at the Kennedy Center are ineligible for LEAD Awards while they are under contract and for one year after termination of their agreement. This shall not include individuals engaged solely to provide expertise as speakers or otherwise in connection with any Kennedy Center events.

VSA Affiliates and VSA Contractor organizations are welcome to apply or be nominated for LEAD awards, however, they must demonstrate that a significant portion of their cultural access work is not funded by the Kennedy Center.


Ends on May 16, 2017

About the Award

The LEAD® Community Asset Award recognizes the achievements of cultural arts administrators or organizations that continually demonstrate success with access initiatives, improving accessibility in their organization, city, state or region.

Criteria

Recipients must be an individual or team on staff at a cultural arts organization, or a cultural arts organization that has demonstrated success improving or providing access for individuals with disabilities for a minimum of 5 years. The body of work will be a comprehensive accessibility initiative that recognizes the diversity within the disability community.

Applications for the 2017 Community Asset Awards must be received by May 16, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by committee and applicants may be contacted for an interview.

Eligibility

Employees of the Kennedy Center and individuals contracted to work directly with the Office of VSA & Accessibility at the Kennedy Center are ineligible for LEAD Awards while they are under contract and for one year after termination of their agreement. This shall not include individuals engaged solely to provide expertise as speakers or otherwise in connection with any Kennedy Center events.

VSA Affiliates and VSA Contractor organizations are welcome to apply or be nominated for LEAD awards, however, they must demonstrate that a significant portion of their cultural access work is not funded by the Kennedy Center.

All children with disabilities, grades PreK-12* (or equivalent), from around the world are eligible to submit artwork to this VSA International Art Program. Group projects are accepted so long as all artists are students with disabilities.

Only visual art will be accepted.

Art must be an original work that has been completed within the last year and attributable to the artist or artists.

Artwork Specifications
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2-D pieces only. Examples include: painting, drawing  (charcoal, pen & ink, graphite/ colored pencil, marker, etc.), oil or chalk pastel, mixed media/collage, photography (digital or darkroom)
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2-D photographs of 3-D work accepted

Artwork on must be one of the following standard sizes:
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8 in x 10 in (standard for: canvas, photographs)
- 9 in x 12 in (standard for: canvas, construction/drawing paper)
- 11 in x 14 in (standard for: canvas, photographs)
- 12 in x 18 in (standard for: construction/drawing paper)
- 18 in x 24 in (standard for: canvas, construction/drawing paper)

- Submitted paper-based artwork will be matted and framed by VSA
- Submitted canvases must be canvas board or stretched canvas, and may or may not be framed by VSA


Applicants must submit their artwork electronically. By submitting artwork, applicants acknowledge that their artwork may be displayed on an online gallery of artwork and may be selected to be part of the exhibition in Washington, D.C.  Any artwork selected for physical display shall become the property of VSA and the Kennedy Center, and may not be returned to the artist.

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call for entry. Photographs of three-dimensional works are permitted. Applicants must allow enough time to prepare their images to the specifications and finalize the electronic submission process prior to the midnight (EST) deadline of June 7, 2017.

VSA and the Kennedy Center are not responsible for submissions that are incomplete or that fail to upload.

Art selection will be at the discretion of VSA and based on their evaluation of the artwork submitted.

The artist's guardian agrees to allow VSA the right to use their submission for public relations purposes, including broadcast, print, and electronic media.

*Ages 3 to 18, or students up to age 22 receiving special education services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Thank you for your interest in the NSO Youth Fellowship Program. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

Please note: you may save and close your application at any time before submitting. Once you submit your application, you may no longer make changes to your application. This includes attaching files.

The submission deadline is Friday, May 5, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the NSO Youth Fellowship Program website for audition details and instructions.

VSA Affiliation is established through the submission and approval of a signed VSA Affiliation Agreement and a completed Organization Profile Form.  VSA Affiliation is subject to review and approval by the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center awards VSA Affiliation status at its sole discretion. To better understand your organization and its programming, please complete this 2017 VSA Affiliate Organization Profile Form before March 1, 2017.

Afiliación a VSA se establece a través de la presentación y aprobación de un acuerdo firmado de afiliación y un formulario de perfil de organización completado. Afiliación a VSA está sujeta a revisión y aprobación por el Kennedy Center. El Kennedy Center da Afiliación a VSA a la entera discreción. Para entender mejor su organización y su programación, por favor llene este formulario de perfil de organización de 2017 antes del 1 de marzo de 2017.

L’affiliation à VSA est établie par la présentation et l'approbation d'un accord d’affiliation signé et d’un formulaire de profil d'organisation dûment rempli. L’affiliation à VSA est soumise à l'examen et à l'approbation par le Kennedy Center. Affiliation à VSA est donnée à la discrétion du Kennedy Center. Pour mieux comprendre votre organisation et sa programmation, veuillez remplir ce formulaire de profil d'organisation de 2017 avant le 1 mars 2017.

VSA Affiliation is established through the submission and approval of a signed VSA Affiliation Agreement and a completed Organization Profile Form.  VSA Affiliation is subject to review and approval by the Kennedy Center. The Kennedy Center awards VSA Affiliation status at its sole discretion. To better understand your organization and its programming, please complete this 2017 VSA Affiliate Organization Profile Form before March 1, 2017.

Kennedy Center Internships : Program Description

The Kennedy Center Internship Program is a holistic and rigorous professional development program designed to elevate the next generation of leaders in the arts, cultural, and non-profit fields. Kennedy Center Interns spend a significant amount of their time at the Kennedy Center in individual placements, gaining valuable work experience and technical skills in their chosen field. Additionally, Kennedy Center interns spend 5-10 hours each week participating in the various components of the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum in order to increase leadership potential and fluency in the non-profit and cultural sectors.

The Kennedy Center Internships: Placement

Each intern works in a specific placement that aligns with their academic and professional interests, under the supervision of a supervisor or team of supervisors in that department. Interns and supervisors work together to create goals and objectives that align with the projects in each internship, and will guide the intern through their time at the Kennedy Center. 

The Kennedy Center Internships:  Curriculum

Participation in the Kennedy Center Internships curriculum is required, and includes the following:

  • KC Class- Offered Wednesday afternoons for 2 hours, KC Classes are taught by Senior Leadership at the Kennedy Center. Interns participate in group discussion and case study analysis, complete readings, and collaborate on presentations with their fellow interns. The KC Class curriculum builds on the specific skills interns learn in their placements to begin to prepare the interns for leadership in the field.  Interns are required to attend KC Class every Wednesday. Up to 2 unexcused absences will be allowed. KC Class topics will include Strategic Planning; Gap Analyses; Components of Non-Profit Programming, Fundraising, and Budget; Community Engagement; and Measurement. KC Class will culminate in groups presenting a Final Project. 
  • Look-Ins- Offered once a week on varying days, Look-Ins are hosted by directors and managers from the many different departments at the Kennedy Center. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend a select number of Look-Ins.  

  • Professional Development Workshops- Workshops address critical skills that will help interns compete in today's selective job market. Current Professional Develop Workshops include interview skills, utilizing personal digital branding, networking and resume workshops, workplace habits and listening styles. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend Professional Development Workshops.

Are You Eligible for the Kennedy Center Internships?

Our program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students to experience a fast-paced, nationally-recognized performing arts institution,  and develop as leaders in their fields. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in an undergraduate program, have obtained their undergraduate degree within one year of the time of application, or be currently enrolled in a master's program. International applicants are encouraged to apply; however, the Kennedy Center does not sponsor visas. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will be asked to provide proof of visa at the time of application.