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Community Advisory Board records

Identifier: RG03.01

Scope and Contents

The Community Advisory Board records document the creation and operations of the Board from its 1991 inception to 2020. Activities documented include outreach projects, task force meetings, and day-to-day administration. Much of the collection documents the Community Advisory Board’s meetings and includes minutes, agendas, and materials that were distributed to attendees. There are no meeting files among the records from March 1994 through November 1997. A significant topic covered in the collection is the “America’s Promise School Supplies Project,” which sought to distribute school supplies to economically disadvantaged elementary school students.

Note: The Community Advisory Board was previously named the Community and Friends Board before 2004 and these names are used interchangeably throughout the description of this collection.


  • Creation: 1991 - 2020

Conditions Governing Access

As an advisory board to the Board of Trustees, the Community Advisory Board records are restricted to internal Kennedy Center staff.

Biographical / Historical

In 1991, the Community and Friends Board was created by the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and announced publicly by Chairman of the Board of Trustees, James D. Wolfensohn. The board was created to provide the Kennedy Center with advice and assistance from a local perspective in order to better serve the needs of the greater Washington area. The Community and Friends Board was made up of 45 members selected to represent the rich cultural diversity of its broader community. Between 1991 and 1993, the Board created six task forces to actively capitalize on the specific areas of knowledge of the Community Board’s members. The task forces include America’s Promise, Business, Community Arts and Artists, Education, Government Relations, and Marketing and Communications. In 2004, the Community and Friends Board was renamed the Community Advisory Board to better reflect the group’s advisory position.


2.56 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The Community Advisory Board records document the creation and functions of the Community Advisory Board at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the Community and Friends Board, from its creation in 1991 to its present operations. Records span from 1991 to 2020. Contents include meeting files and minutes, member biographies, correspondence, and project materials that document the day-to-day administration of the Community Advisory Board.


The collection is arranged in its original order. Meeting files were arranged in reverse-chronological order by meeting date, whereas other files were not. Folders that were interfiled after numbering was completed end in “A” (for example, Box 002 Folder 006 is followed by Box 002 Folder 006A).


Approximately 1.28 cubic feet (1 record carton) of duplicate materials and financial records were deaccessioned.

Under Revision
This collection was processed by Kennedy Center Archives Intern Emma Zavodny, and the finding aid was written by Emma Zavodny and Processing Archivist Alexandra Krensky in December 2021.
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Repository Details

Part of the Kennedy Center Archives Repository

2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566