What would the world look like if all of our voices were included? Find out at Count Me In, the Kennedy Institute’s special, kid-friendly program day that is free with advance registration. Young people will create civic art projects, share their ideas for a more vibrant and welcoming world, and work together to come up with a design for a playground that could be welcoming to all.
Register for the morning session at 10 a.m. or the afternoon session at 12:30 p.m.
Both sessions include:
- Everyone's Playground. In the Institute’s Senate Chamber, kids will share their ideas for a specially designed playground of the future. Working together, kids can lend their own unique expertise to come up with a design for a better playground (and world) for everyone.
- Future Senator. Should the school day be longer? Future Senator allows kids to decide. “Future Senators” interview expert witnesses, watch a segment from "PBS’s Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman," and share their professional opinions about the length of the school day before casting their votes.
- Great Senate Debate. All can experience some of the speeches that brought the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to life.
- Today’s Vote. Everyone gets to participate in a legislative debate on the Green New Deal.
All-day, drop-in activities include:
- Community Table. Together, we will create a table for all of our voices and ideas. Kids will contribute to a collaborative art project to construct a table where the community can gather, share, and learn.
- Seats at the Table Art Project. These seats may be small, but they represent big ideas! Kids will construct and decorate a miniature seat that represents their voice at the table of power and decision making.
- Seat at the Table Scavenger Hunt. Explore the Institute and see the work of some local chair-makers who have participated in the Seat at the Table project.
All Count Me In participants are also invited to stay for a 3 p.m. community artist reception for the young people and community organizations that have participated in the Seat at the Table project and exhibit.