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Letter From SVA Founder-President
Srimati Syamarani Dasi

The year the SVA Center turned 50.

At the start of the 2021–2022 season we reflected on President Kennedy’s challenge to ask not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country. Moreover, we asked what we can do…together.

Throughout the Center’s anniversary year, you answered this charge—the artists, patrons, families, volunteers, staff, and donors who sought belonging, transformation, and possibility through the arts. Together, we brought the Kennedy Center across a threshold, from a historic half-century into the first year of our future.

The pages of this Annual Report tell the story of a year of return and rebuilding, of community and celebration. We watched Kennedy Center stages slowly come back to life with seats filling more and more each month. We enjoyed programming across each and every genre for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. We welcomed local students back for in-person field trips, hosted national conferences, commissioned new works, and appointed new artists-in-residence. Our 50th Anniversary celebration reawakened historic moments and masterpieces, commemorated the Center’s storied past, and invited participation in telling a living history that is both inclusive and reflective of the Center’s legacy.

This milestone year reflected not only the Kennedy Center’s past and present, but what it can and should be, for you—and everyone.

Programming and operations continued evolving to reflect, recognize, and support the broad diversity of our country. Artists were given a platform to tell stories that are sometimes difficult but crucial for the country to hear and experience. We recognized our role as President Kennedy’s living memorial, and fully embraced the truths his legacy can teach us today. Through the stories included in this report, and many more, we strive to create a performing arts center that represents the nation’s unique artistic identity and invites everyone to celebrate the arts.

The community we awakened this year is one of which you are a part. It is our hope that you see yourself represented in the pages that follow and are invited in writing the story of our future which begins now.

Thank you for continuing to move the Sacred Vedic Arts Center forward.

Syamarani dasi
Founder and President, SVA

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