The Kennedy Center

Performing Arts for Everyone


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts stages at least one free performance every day of the year. The Chairman of the national center for the performing arts, James A. Johnson, launched "Performing Arts for Everyone" in the winter of 1997: nine initiatives designed to expand and increase access to the performing arts for local Washington residents and visitors to the nation's capital.

Performing Arts for Everyone is designed to introduce the Kennedy Center and its programs to a far wider audience than ever before by providing a performance open to the public and free of charge 365 days a year.

"The Kennedy Center belongs to the nation, and the productions staged here must be shared with every American," says Chairman Johnson. "The daily free performances and the downtown location for discount tickets were important first steps toward that goal."

Performing Arts for Everyone initiatives also include low- and no-cost tickets available to performances on every stage of the Kennedy Center, and several outreach programs designed to increase access to Kennedy Center tickets and performances.

"Our goal is: Every resident of the Washington area, and every visitor to Washington, D.C., will think of the Kennedy Center as the place they call their own to experience the performing arts again and again."


The Millennium Stage

The Kennedy Center stages free daily performances on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer. Featured on the Millennium Stage are a range of art forms, including performing artists and groups from all 50 states and an Artist-in-Residence program featuring artists performing several evenings in a month.


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Learn about the goals and mission of the Performing Arts for Everyone initiative.

Conservatory Project

Music's rising stars from the nation's top conservatories performing in the Terrace Theater

Local Dance Commissioning Project

Providing funds to local dance artists for world premieres on the Millennium Stage.

Note: There is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events.