The John F. Kenney Center for Performing Arts is Washington DC’s newest living memorial created out of the Kennedy Administration’s desire to establish a National Cultural Center for the Performing Arts. Sadly, Kennedy’s assignation happened before official plans could go through, so President Johnson made a point to make it happen, declaring,
“All those who worked in this cause can now know that they are not only honoring the memory of a very great man, but they are enriching our whole American life.” (Quote from The Kennedy Center)
Looking at the finished product today, President Kennedy would probably be amazed by all that it stands for and strives to accomplish. The Center showcases fifteen diverse programs to enrich, educate, and engage the community through performing arts. One of those programs involves hosting galas – both those organized by the Center as well as galas put on by organizations and businesses around the community.
After photographing a gala at the Center – designed by the incredibly talented event planner Kelly Peck from Something Fabulous – we were in awe of how aesthetically pleasing the building and venue spaces are! This is no ordinary center: every piece of the architecture and décor is a piece of art.
This particular gala was held outdoors on the terrace. Greenery and tall shade trees surrounded us on all sides, and we had a perfect view of all of DC, including the National Mall. In the center of the terrace, a serene pool sparkled in the sunlight. A ring of fire in the center of the pool mesmerized guests as they enjoyed their dining experience .
Kelly Peck combined luxury and sparkle with classic simplicity. We loved photographing all of the intricate details from the metallic mirrored bar to the colorful ombré flower arrangement.
The Center has plenty of customizable venue spaces available. Whether you host in an atrium, foyer, lounge, gallery, or rooftop terrace, you can count on a memorable experience, and we would love the opportunity to showcase it for you through vivid, photojournalistic images. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.