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The Kennedy Center has partners in seven cities for the project, including Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Fe, N.M., and the Chicago-based Digital Youth Network. The center created curriculum for teachers to bring the program into their classrooms, or students can join on their own.

Darrell Ayers, the center’s vice president for education, said engaging students with digital media integrates literacy and artistic literacy with lessons about history and issues of the day.

It’s also a way for young people “to realize the impact the arts can have, not just to make you feel good but to make people think about things.”

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