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Partnering with the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C

Published: August 13, 2018

Big things are happening at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts! We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Pinellas County schools to participate in the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program! We are so excited for the new opportunities this program will allow our students and children in the Clearwater community to experience.


As one of seven participants selected this year (including Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University), the Partners in Education Program will enable Ruth Eckerd Hall to expand arts integration efforts to its partnership schools.

Established in 1976, the program itself aims to assist arts organizations throughout the nation to develop or expand educational partnerships with their local school systems. The Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program recognizes that the artistic literacy of young people depends on teachers’ professional learning as an essential component. Therefore, the program also aims to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers in an effort designed to enhance students’ experience with the arts. What a great way to learn and have fun at the same time!


Parents and teachers approve, watch this video to learn more.

"We are immensely proud to have been accepted into the Kennedy Center’s ‘Partners in Education’ program with Pinellas County Schools. We have long valued our relationship with the school system, and to be recognized for our existing work while receiving this prestigious endorsement to continue and strengthen our partnership is truly an honor. We look forward to supporting our teachers and schools with arts integration training—all in the name of our children’s success." Sharon Reid-Kane, M.Ed., Education & Outreach Officer/Vice President of Education & Outreach

The Kennedy Center Partners in Education program was established to connect performing arts centers with their local school systems to implement arts integration into standard curriculum. It is an honor for the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts to receive the prestigious recognition and endorsement from the Kennedy Center for its existing partnership with the Pinellas County School Board. For more information on the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program, please visit the Kennedy Center website.