Ends on January 15, 2017

Through innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive sessions, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in practice, programs, research, and policy, and to serve as a leading catalyst for change. This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and, ultimately, to help shape best practice—improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts.

You are cordially invited to submit presentation proposals for the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference. Sessions will occur Sunday and Monday, August 6 and 7, at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX. Sessions will be selected from this call. Sessions presented at the 2017 VSA Intersections Conference should align with the stated priorities below. 


The VSA Intersections Conference—in concert with ongoing professional development provided throughout the year—reaches arts educators, special educators, researchers, and administrators across the country. In reflection of the community of practice we support, our resources focus on instruction in arts and special education classrooms, students with disabilities, and rigorous research.  This primary focus on improving instruction is evidenced by our longstanding commitment to soliciting both interactive sessions that demonstrate high-quality instruction by providing participants with hands-on learning opportunities and discussion-based or lecture sessions that equip administrators with the tools to support teaching artists and educators in the classroom.

As an emergent field taking its place alongside the established fields of arts, education, and disability studies, we also affirm the need for quality practice that is grounded in evidence and rigorous evaluation of the programs we support. To this end, we affirm research endeavors in three priority areas, and will prioritize session submissions that reflect these aims: (1) Research into questions of access is exploratory in nature and seeks to establish the boundaries and foundational content of our field; (2) Research into questions of efficacy utilizes rigorous methodologies to test the effectiveness of instructional practices, shaping our understanding of what works and why; and (3) Research into questions of innovation rely on theoretical frameworks to develop and test new practices to improve the educational outcomes of students with disabilities in and through the arts.


Please review all information and instructions prior to completing the online form. It is recommended that you develop your proposal before you start the online submission process. Once your proposal is submitted, you will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt. If you have difficulties with the online system, or do not receive an automated response upon submission, please contact Jenna Gabriel at jgabriel@kennedy-center.org.

All applicants will be notified of their status by April 15, 2017. Accepted presenters must register and pay the registration fee by the early-bird deadline of July 7, 2017, or risk forfeiting their session time.

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.


The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts present “SHIFT: A Festival of American
Orchestras,” a three year festival celebrating North American orchestras launching in the spring
of 2017. SHIFT will reect each orchestra’s unique identity and strengths on a national platform
through performances, community events, symposia, and more.
Before submitting this proposal form, please download and read the Request for Proposal ("RFP"). The
RFP includes crucial information on project eligibility, selection process, performance and residency
activities, compensation, and more.

Thank you for your interest in the NSO Young Associates' 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 Thursday, January 5, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the NSO Young Associates’ Program website for audition details and instructions.

Please complete this form with additional information on your organization and more detailed data estimates for your VSA Program.  This form must be submitted, along with proof of non-commercial status and a W-9, before your initial contract fee payment can be made.  

· If you have been offered more than one VSA Program Contract, you will need to submit a separate VSA Contract Organization and Program Data Form for each contract.

· Save your report as a draft until completed. You can re-enter it at any time by going to https://apply.submit.kennedy-center.org/login Then go to the Saved Drafts tab. Make sure your browser keeps “login” at the end of the address and doesn’t default to “apply.”

· If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Litvak at sslitvak@kennedy-center.org

Ends on November 7, 2016

The Marian Anderson Vocal Award celebrates excellence in performance by recognizing a young, American singer who has achieved initial professional success in the areas of opera, oratorio or recital repertory, and who exhibits promise for a significant career. Please submit your nomination for the 2017 award below.

Ends on December 31, 2016

The Kennedy Center Office of Accessibility is seeking proposals for the 2017 LEAD® conference that:

  • approach accessibility from a customer service and civil rights perspective 
  • provide practical information addressing current trends and challenges in this field
  • actively engage participants through discussion and/or hands-on activities
  • explore accessibility for a variety of cultural arts organizations, including performing arts centers, museums, theaters, state arts agencies, parks, zoos, and arenas
  • target new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
The 2017 conference will be held in Austin, T.X. with capacity building workshops on August 6-7 and the conference on August 8-10. Sessions will be selected by and at the sole discretion of the LEAD® content committee under the supervision of the Kennedy Center.  Presenters should be prepared to cover travel and hotel expenses, meal costs, and applicable conference fees.   Presenters may submit more than one proposal.

Please note: The LEAD® conference does not address professional development for artists with disabilities or arts education.  For resources for artists, please visit the VSA Programs page.  For information on arts in education, please visit the VSA Intersections Conference page. 

For more information,
to request proposal materials in a different format, or to discuss your proposal, please contact the Kennedy Center Office of Accessibility at 202-416-8727 or access@kennedy-center.org.

For more information about LEAD®, please visit
our website.

Please fill out the entire form. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Thank you for your interest in The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards! 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 essays, videos, or audio files.

The submission deadline is Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Please visit the Kennedy Center website for application information and instructions.

Guidelines for Nominators:
-Nominators must be at least 18 years of age

-Nominators must have been the Nominee’s student; no nominations by peers, parents of students, etc., will be accepted.

-Nominators must no longer be enrolled in the school where the Nominee was their teacher.

-Nominator must provide adequate contact information for us to be able to reach the teacher being nominated.

Guidelines for Nominees:

- Nominees must be legal residents of the United States. Nominees for posthumous awards must have legal residents of the United States

-Nominees must teach or have taught in a K-12 school, or college, or university in the United States.

-Teachers of all grade levels and subject areas are eligible.


Thank you for your interest in the National Symphony Orchestra National Trustees Summer Music Institute. 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 Monday, January 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Please visit the NSO Summer Music Institute website for audition details and instructions.

Ends on November 4, 2016

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 specific technical skills in a professional setting. 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. 

Program Requirements 

In addition to working with their department teams on their placement projects,  Kennedy Center  Interns will be required to attend and participate in the following activities and events throughout the term: 

  • KC Class- Offered every Wednesday, KC Classes are taught by Senior Leadership at the Kennedy Center. Interns participate in group work, complete assigned readings, and collaborate on presentations with their fellow interns. Interns are required to attend KC Class every Wednesday. Up to 2 unexcused absences will be allowed. 
  • Informational Seminars- Offered once a week on varying days, Informational Seminars are hosted by directors and managers from the many different departments at the Kennedy Center. Schedule permitting, interns are required to attend informational seminars. 
  • 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.

We are looking for all of these qualities in each Kennedy Center Intern:

  • Pure Passion: You know what you want, and you will work hard to get there . Even if you don't know it yet, you are committed to finding the right path for you
  • Great Communication: You have excellent ideas, and you know how to convey your ideas simply and confidently. You are also a superb listener, and use your listening skills to develop an awareness of all the projects and tasks that lie ahead.
  •  Mastery of the Written Word:  You know how to write for diverse audiences, and are willing to take constructive feedback from your supervisor in order to successfully relay the message
  • Team-Oriented Mindset: You can work independently, but see the value in collaboration and contribute accordingly
  • Organizational Prowess: You have multiple to-do lists. You know how and when to tackle different steps in every project and use your great communication skills to give project status updates to your team
  • Confidence to Connect: You work hard to seek out opportunities for professional development and growth. You want to create connections with the people around you and are committed to building meaningful, professional relationships