|"President and Mrs. Kennedy are shown as they film a |
nationwide closed circuit television show, "An American
Pageant of the Arts," to boost a National Culture
Center [at] the National Guard Armory."
President John F. Kennedy had designated the week of November 26 to 2 December 1962 as National Cultural Center Week. The television gala was the highlight of the week. But the effort netted a measly $500,000. "By June 1963, three months before the deadline, only one-third of the money needed had been raised, and that compelled Kennedy [...] to extend the deadline. Three months later, he was assassinated, and the name of the proposed center was then changed to create a living memorial to the slain president." As a - belated - consequence, since 1978 the yearly Kennedy Center Honors are organized. Also cf. this article.