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Learn and Engage

For Family and Community

"One of our most fond memories was the incredible job that The Smith Center team did to provide fun, interactive and culturally rich experiences for our family.”
-Community Member

“We create so many fun memories as a family by attending events at The Smith Center. The shows are always amazing.”

Smith Center Patron

The Smith Center is proud to offer a range of experiences that both strengthen the community and help families make great memories through participation in the arts.

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Teaching Artists

Teaching artists are professional artists who apply their creative skills in educational settings. These artists hail from extensive careers in dance, theater, vocal and instrumental music and storytelling.

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Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child

The Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program is designed to assist communities throughout the U.S. in developing and implementing a strategic plan for expanded arts education for kindergarten through 8th-grade students, ensuring equity and access for all.

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Master Classes and Workshops

The Smith Center presents exceptional opportunities for students, teachers and community members to participate in master classes, workshops, dress rehearsals and talkback opportunities with leading performers and nationally acclaimed teaching artists.

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Access to the Arts

The Smith Center provides opportunities for schools and community groups to attend select evening performances. Concerts and individual engagement performances in a variety of arts disciplines are offered to individual classes, school ensembles, or community groups which will support each group’s area of study or focus. 

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Through creative storytelling methods, individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions engage in expressive, collaborative storytelling with specially trained teaching artists.