Kennedy Center Launches $125 Million Arts-Education Effort

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The Kennedy Center will spend $125 million to expand its performing arts-education program over the next five years, the center announced yesterday.

Among the center's new initiatives are a new jazz web site and other Internet projects; a new 320-seat theater aimed at families, and a system to provide commentary as students watch dance rehearsals.

As of April 1, the center said, teachers across the country will receive a 15-percent discount on tickets at the Kennedy Center.

The center will also expand its training programs for young artists and arts administrators. A dance training program led by Suzanne Farrell, the Jazz Ahead Program, and the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Music Institute International will all boost access for students from overseas. A new program will provide training for board members of arts organizations, and a new web site will connect arts managers to each other.

"Arts education can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children and adults," said chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman. "The national scope of this unprecedented financial commitment to arts education befits the nation's cultural center and should provide the best in arts education to all Americans."


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