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Sunday, October 16th, 2022

Block Party with Jason Moran The Kennedy Center

Join us for a FREE family event full of activities and performances to kick off the 2022-2023
Performances for Young Audiences season. Jacqueline Woodson will narrate and share poetry
with music by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. The REACH Plaza will have outdoor games
inspired by Jacqueline’s book The World Belonged to Us: sidewalk chalk activities, hopscotch, fort
building, jump rope, double dutch, and hula hoops! Food and refreshments will also be available
for purchase onsite to keep you fueled at this fun-filled event. Most enjoyed by all ages.

Purchase Tickets: REGISTER HERE


Monday, October 17th, 2022

The MacDowell National Benefit

Please join us on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City for a festive extravaganza hosted by MacDowell Fellow and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson!

Purchase Tickets: HERE


Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award: Jacqueline Woodson

The John Steinbeck Award is given to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes. The phrase “in the souls of the people” comes from Chapter 25 of The Grapes of Wrath. This section of the book, and particularly this phrase, encapsulates the writer’s enduring legacy as an engaged and socially aware artist. This year's awards ceremony will honor acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson. FREE!

Purchase Tickets: HERE


Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.