THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JEAN KENNEDY SMITH TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The President today announced his intent to reappoint Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jean Kennedy Smith of New York is the United States Ambassador to Ireland, a position she assumed in 1993. Ambassador Smith has served on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since 1964. She is Founder of Very Special Arts, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that provides opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation, which provides grants to programs that promote awareness and advocacy in the field of mental retardation. Ambassador Smith is a graduate of Manhattanville College.
The Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Center. These responsibilities are divided into four specific programmatic mandates: presentation of classical and contemporary music, opera, dance and poetry; presentation of lectures and programs; development of programs for children, youth, and the elderly; and provision of facilities for civic activities.