This September, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its namesake with the opening of “Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy.” It’s a new permanent exhibit exploring Kennedy’s presidency and commitment to the arts. Mounted in the 7,500-square foot, roof-level JFK Gallery at the heart of the original Edward Durell Stone building, the Kennedy Center’s permanent exhibit represents an important new travel destination for visitors to the D.C. area.

As a living memorial to John F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Center actively seeks new ways to embody its namesake’s ideals, honor his legacy and celebrate his commitment to the arts. With a multi-faceted external design team, headed and contracted by Kieran Timberlake – the eminent Philadelphia architectural firm that recently added the 2022 AIA Architecture Award to its impressive string of honors – the center has fully renovated and repurposed the JFK Gallery to house “Art and Ideals: President John F. Kennedy.” The first of its scope in Kennedy Center history, this major flagship exhibit will have a special opening ceremony on September 8, exactly 51 years after the 1971 inauguration of the center itself.