I was in D.C. for an arts in education conference put on by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I have been part of a marvelous program for the past six years sponsored by the Kennedy Center that trains teachers to bring arts integration into the classroom.
As a writer, former actor and designer, I believe the arts are the lifeblood of education. If you want a child to be engaged in their learning, filter it through music, dance, puppetry, visual arts, mime, poetry, acting - I could go on and on. I've seen it work first hand with students from kindergarten through college.
I had never been to the actual Kennedy Center. On this trip, I was fortunate to finally see it.
It is truly a grand place with many theaters and a concert hall. The walls and even ceilings are covered with gorgeous art.
A section of the mural on the ceiling of the Israeli lounge
A Matisse tapestry
Painting in the Russian lounge
The biggest thrill for me was being able to see a show at the Kennedy Center. And not just any show - THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Many decades ago I was in a national tour of the same show that originated from the Los Angeles Music Center. It was super nostalgic and heartwarming for me to see it again and relive treasured memories. I was surprised when I remembered every one of my lines and could have said them along with the cast.
For your dining and dancing pleasure, here are a few pix from my days as Louisa Von Trapp.
Ahh, the sailor suits.
Werner Klemperer of HOGAN'S HEROES fame was our Uncle Max. He was a wonderful man and I adored him. William Katt of THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO fame played Rolf, nice guy gone Nazi in the production. Also a super fellow - pun intended.
Long live the arts in education!