Partners in Education Teams

The Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is designed to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The primary purpose of these partnerships is to provide professional development in the arts for teachers. In 1992, this program was awarded the Association of Performing Arts Presenters' Dawson Award, which recognizes innovative and successful projects.

The Partners in Education program is based on the belief that the professional development of teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. The Kennedy Center's extensive experience with its local professional development program, established in 1976, provides the basis for this national program.

Currently, almost 100 Partnership Teams in 42 States and the District of Columbia participate in the program. Each partnership team consists of at least two members: a representative of an arts organization and a representative of the upper administration of a neighboring school district.

The program includes:

  • a four-day Institute that examines program models and planning strategies for establishing or expanding professional development programs in the arts for all teachers;
  • follow-up consultation and ongoing communication to assist partnership teams in program and partnership development;
  • annual multi-day meetings and intensive seminars to assist teams in their partnership and program development; and
  • special access to Kennedy Center resources.



  • Ohio 1996
    Clark State Community College
    Clark County Educational Service Center
    Springfield City Schools
    Wittenberg University
  • Ohio 2010
    Mansfield Art Center
    Renaissance Performing Arts Association
    Mansfield City Schools
  • Ohio 2016
    College of Wooster
    Tri-County ESC
    Tuesday Musical
    Wayne Center for the Arts