JFKC – A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy

In the year leading up to the centenary of John F. Kennedy’s birth on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center is revitalizing the very mission of the institution created to honor him. Inspired by a handful of enduring ideals he championed—Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude—the Center is reenvisioning itself as a “living memorial”: a place that explores, challenges, and reflects the contemporary spirit of America. Guided by JFK’s legacy of idealism, hope, and empowerment, the Kennedy Center will launch new initiatives, serving as a catalyst and a meeting place, and invite members of the public to engage with artists and ideas, and to participate in the civic and cultural life of their country.