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Kennedy Center Breaks Ground On Major Expansion

WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — Vice President Joe Biden was on hand for the ceremonial ground-breaking for the first major expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is commencing nearly 50 years.

Largely underground, the new 60,000 square foot, $100 million expansion will add new spaces for arts education, programs, and rehearsals, as well as a new garden commemorating President Kennedy that will include an amphitheater.

The expansion will also feature three new pavilions, including one built on an extension into the adjacent Potomac River.

"I think it was Picasso who said that all children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up," Biden said, during the ceremony. "I think that's what this is about. I think that what you're doing today will help solve that problem of keeping children artists and being able to grow up and remain artists." – Staff Writers