The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has surpassed its fundraising goal for a planned expansion project. A campaign started in 2013 to raise funds for this project has already raked in $135.9 million, 10.9 million more than the original target of $125 million. This project is one of the first of its kind in the famed centers history. The approved project will include a riverfront pavilion, a pedestrian bridge linking the pavilion with the Kennedy Center, and a large expansion of the center itself. The innovative design will preserve the building’s original façade while adding additional space for studios, media-ready classrooms, an outdoor wall for simulcast and video presentations, with terrace seating to accommodate up to 1,600 people. As well as a café, which can be used as a hub for meetings.
Dick’s fondness for the arts is reflected in his charitable donations and his words “we ignite the creative and innovative spirit of the arts to enhance the community. Nationally, we build capacity in arts leaders and equip them to effectively manage and lead their organizations.”
Dick’s charitable work does not stop at the Kennedy Center, often contributing to charities that promote education, seek judicial reform and to uplift communities and their leaders.
For more information on Dick DeVos and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation.