Vice President Joe Biden breaks ground for expansion at Kennedy Center in Washington

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden presided over a ceremonial groundbreaking for the first major expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, nearly 50 years after construction began on the cultural center.

Biden says Kennedy let people imagine what was possible and that the arts were part of his vision for America. Biden says the expansion will reimagine what the living monument can be.

The expansion will add new space for arts education, programs and rehearsals, and interaction between artists and audience members.

The project will also add some new memorial elements in a park to honor the 35th president.

President Lyndon B. Johnson originally broke ground for the Kennedy Center in December 1964. It opened to the public in 1971.

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