Kennedy Center (Partners in Education)
The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts is designed to assist performing arts centers
and other presenting organizations throughout the nation develop
and expand educational partnerships with their local school systems,
with a special emphasis on the professional development of teachers.
In 1992, this program was awarded the Association of Performing
Arts Presenters’ Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative
and successful projects.
The Performing Arts Centers and Schools’ program is based
on the belief that educating teachers is essential to any effort
designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The
Kennedy Center’s extensive experience with its local professional
development programs for teachers, established in 1976, provides
the basis for this national program. Decatur City Schools was the
first school system in Alabama to join this partnership.