The John F. Kennedy Center from performing arts has upped its campaign target from $125 million by another 50 million. This comes after the center went past its target for the planned expansion project.
The campaign has set aside $135.9 million for the project that includes a river front pavilion previously called river pavilion and a pedestrian bridge connecting the pavilion with the John f Kennedy center for performing arts. The project will also include a large extension for the center the features three new pavilions, educational and rehearsal spaces, offices and dining centers.
Following intense scrutiny from the federal agencies, the cost for designing and construction of the center has escalated to $119.5 million. The initial goal of the campaign was to raise a total of $125 million. The amount will be set towards expansions and initiates programming with that will be distributed $100 million and $25 million respectively.
Money is still being poured in to facilitate the campaigns goals, with Carlyle Group Co-Founder and chairman of the Kennedy Center board of trustees, David Rubenstein setting the highest donation at $50 million in 2013. Dick Devos and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation alongside other donors contributed $1 million to boost the facility.
According to the president of Kennedy center, Deborah Rutter, the expansion and Riverwalk will act as a new front door to for the center as the arts destination.
About three million people visit the John F Kennedy Center for performing arts that was opened in 1971 every year and the leaders are optimistic to deliver the expanded facility by 2018. The center, located on Potomac River, produces and presents captivating theaters, dances, jazz, folklore music, stage plays, poems, narratives, multi-media performances and ballets and has come to be the busiest and arts facility in United States of America that hosts more than 2000 performances. It has touring productions, television and radio show to over two million views. The center nurtures and develops young skills from talented youth while serving the nation as a leading center for entertainment and talent exploitation.
It is a loving memorial to President John F Kennedy and continues to express the former
President’s dream, for a touching the lives of every America through creative arts and captivating performances. The facility has achieved the president’s dream by offering more than 400 free performances each year featuring local, national and international artists.
Theater works that the facility has co-produced include Annie of 1997, A few Good Men and how to succeed in the Business World without Really Trying.