- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

The Kennedy family announced yesterday a $1 million donation to the Kennedy Center to support performance and internship programs for persons with disabilities.
The gift, in honor of Rosemary Kennedy, coincided both with the unveiling of the John F. Kennedy Interpretive Exhibit Program and the 30th-anniversary festivities that ended Sunday.
The Kennedy Center was to host a private gala with several Kennedy family members to mark the occasion, but plans were canceled after terrorist attacks yesterday in both New York City and Washington.
The event was to have included Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the president's daughter; and former Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith.
The new interactive program has two components, "John F. Kennedy: His Life and Legacy," narrated by Mrs. Schlossberg, and "Explore the Kennedy Center."
The first exhibit is devoted to Mr. Kennedy's legacy, and the second concentrates on the center's current slate of programs.
The presidential exhibit is located beside the president's bust in the Grand Foyer, and "Explore the Kennedy Center" is in both the Hall of States and the Hall of Nations.
The gift announcement was to have preceded a performance on the Millennium Stage by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts.
The Kennedy Center was dedicated in Mr. Kennedy's name as a living memorial in 1971. Each year, more than 5 million people visit the arts center.


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