The Center for Performing Arts (the Center) welcomes you to our 25th Anniversary Initiative. Although our season is not what we originally envisioned, due to COVID-19 complications, we are committed to bringing together diverse artists and audiences, to inspire and educate, to make cultural artistic experiences accessible, and to connect with our communities.

We are in this Together.

Over the last 25 years, the Center has embraced inclusion, community, and quality. By providing a welcoming and inclusive cultural space, the Center encourages authentic participation, promotes critical thinking, improves wellbeing, and offers a sense of belonging. The Center plays a crucial role throughout community members’ lives; introducing children to their first live cultural experiences often welcoming them back as artists, patrons, students, and volunteers. As well as provide opportunities for families to create lasting memories. But, we don’t stop there. The Center aspires to deliver exceptional experiences for all; from programming to artists’ and patrons’ services, from a quality venue to professional production expertise. Quality is reflected in our attitude, flexibility, attention to detail, and ongoing development.

Becoming a Center supporter allows you the chance to enhance the community by helping provide free content to underserved areas and individuals, offer scholarships, mentor leaders for tomorrow, and bring world-class performing arts, social awareness programs, and educational platforms to enrich, connect, and cultivate compassion throughout the community.

It is important now more than ever, our communities take in the arts to fill their homes and touch their hearts. Only with your support, will the Center remain a viable and significant contributor to the quality of life in the Southland. It requires multiple partners to unite Together.

There are many ways to support your Center:

Make a one-time tax deductible donation
• Become a Sustained Donor
Be our Ambassador
Donate to our Auction
Attend & Share our Events
Connect with us on Social Media
• Support with IRA Charitable Roll-Over or Planned Giving

25th Anniversary Fund
Supports scholarships, student worker opportunities, international touring productions, social awareness engagement and programming, summer theater camp, community artist platforms, venue improvements, and more.

Opera & Beyond Fund 
Ensures the continuation of classical vocal music, including the Opera Up Close series, as well as art songs, operetta and classical musical theatre. And of course, will ensure the continuation of operatic talent showcases from Chicagoland and beyond.

Ralph Medhurst Arts in Education Fund (Medhurst Fund)
Provides schoolchildren in underserved communities the equal opportunity to expand their horizons and foster learning in performing arts, math, science, history, and language arts through free or highly discounted tickets.

Burt E. Dikelsky Memorial Access to Arts Fund (Dikelsky Fund)
Expands arts access to children and their families in the Chicago Southland by helping them overcome informational, transportation, social and economic barriers, and more.

Contact us at for guidance on the best ways for you to support. 
Box Office: 708.235.2222. Due to our staff working from home, please allow 2 business days for responses to voicemails.