John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)

Alternative names
Dates:
1971
Americans

History notes:

The Kennedy Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, opened to the public in September 1971. But its roots date back to 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center. In honor of Eisenhower's vision for such a facility, one of the Kennedy Center's theaters was named for him. The National Cultural Center Act included four basic components: it authorized the Center's construction, spelled out an artistic mandate to present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, specified an educational mission for the Center, and stated that the Center was to be an independent facility, self-sustaining and privately funded. As a result of this last stipulation, a mammoth fundraising campaign began immediately following the Act's passage into law. (from the Kennedy Center website, viewed June 3, 2005)

From the description of Belknap Collection, Theatre and theatre groups 1962- : Kennedy Center. (University of Florida). WorldCat record id: 60554394

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Subjects:

  • Orchestral music--Archives
  • Musical theater--Archives
  • Theater--Archives
  • Music archives
  • Opera--Archives
  • Dance--Archives
  • Centers for the performing arts--Archives

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Places:

  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)