John F. Kennedy Quotes on the Arts

President Kennedy was a great supporter of the arts; inscribed on the walls of the Kennedy Center River Terrace, just outside the Grand Foyer, you will find quotes from speeches in which he spoke of his vision for America’s cultural life.

Jill Wilson of Jacob Jonas the Company; photo by Tyson Wheatley for #CamerasandDancers
Photo by Yassine El Mansouri
Photo by Yassine El Mansouri
Jacob Jonas of Jacob Jonas the Company; photo by Lisa Weatherbee for #CamerasandDancers
Photo by Yassine El Mansouri
Jacob Jonas and Jill Wilson of Jacob Jonas the Company; photo by Lisa Weatherbee for #CamerasandDancers
Photo by Yassine El Mansouri

In the week leading up to what would have been John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday on May 29, 2017, the Kennedy Center will present a variety of special events to honor our namesake. One of America’s most admired presidents, JFK was revered worldwide for his staunch support of the arts — he called them “a form of truth” and frequently spoke of their power to “nourish the soul.”

Spanning theater, dance, and music programs along with the return of our popular Open House, these dynamic performances each bring to life the spirit of exploration and optimism that Kennedy so engagingly invoked and is still remembered for today. They’re all part of a cornerstone moment in JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy, our yearlong initiative inspired by five enduring ideals embodied by JFK: COURAGE, FREEDOM, JUSTICE, SERVICE, and GRATITUDE. Learn more at www.jfkc.org.