Five Ways You Can Participate in the 25/40 Celebration

kencen-logoThe Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution are hosting a huge celebration of arts, culture, and history this month, and we want you to be a part of the excitement! Whether you can join us in person or virtually, there are plenty of ways to participate in 25/40.

  1. Attend a Millennium Stage performance. From popular comedians to physically integrated dance, storytelling in American Sign Language to robotic musicians, the ten free Millennium Stage performances happening during 25/40 offer something for everyone. The best part? You can join us from anywhere in the world, since the performances stream live on the Kennedy Center’s website. After the live performances, the shows will be available to watch in the online Millennium Stage archive.
  2. Visit an exhibition. If you are in D.C., be sure to check out the six amazing exhibitions happening at the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History as part of 25/40. They include works from the VSA Permanent Collection, works from previous VSA Emerging Young Artists Program winners, and collections that capture the significance and legacy of the ADA.
  3. See a film. The National Museum of American History is screening three films made by or about people with disabilities on July 25. Following each film, a curator will moderate a lively conversation among the audience members, directors, historians, or others connected to the production.
  4. Look for events in your own community. We are not the only ones celebrating these monumental anniversaries. Check out the list of related activities on the 25/40 website. You can also explore the U.S. Department of Labor’s new online timeline commemorating 25 years of the ADA and the ADA Legacy Project’s map of events.
  5. Connect with us and share your story. Follow VSA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get every update about 25/40. Then let us know how you are celebrating by using the hashtag #2540Celebration in your posts.

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