Over the last 25 years, individual donors have been instrumental in establishing and supporting our Center. By joining this generous community of contributors, your tax-deductible donations help sustain and support the Center’s quality and diverse performances, community and academic productions, arts in education field trip program, summer camps, and other resources for teachers.

We are proud to serve as the community’s premier cultural destination in the heart of the Southland. As a nonprofit organization the Center relies heavily on our donors for support, and we hope you will donate as generously as you can this giving season. 

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    Arts In Education: Adopt-a-Classroom

    ARTS IN EDUCATION is one of the largest programs in the Southland. It annually serves between 16,000-20,000 children, teachers, and parents from over 200 public schools, private schools and home schools. The annual series offers 12 literacy and curriculum-based performances from grades pre-K to 12. Your Center creates and distributes study guides, tailored to the Illinois Learning Standards, incorporating arts into curriculum.
    $250 per classroom 
    *Performances to be announced


    Social-Emotional Learning: Teach The Next Generation

    In the aftermath of horrific mass shootings, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has never been more important. This growing education concept captures the teaching of self-awareness, how to form positive relationships, the ability to demonstrate responsible behaviors and make good decisions. The arts teach these behaviors more effectively than just about any other discipline, and your Center’s Arts in Education series is one of the best resources around. Anne Frank: Through The Eyes of a Friend illuminates the power of friendship, empathy and compassion. Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad demonstrates self-awareness, strength of character and the necessity of perseverance to achieve a breakthrough. These qualities and more come alive in real, tangible ways for students from all over the southland, who visit the Center on a field trip, and leave forever changed.
    ADOPT -A- PERFORMANCE for $1,000 and help instill these valuable lessons to over 1,000 students!
    *Performances to be announced


    CPA Annual Fund

    Supports music, theater, dance, national touring productions, Opera Up Close series, summer theatre camp, community theater, venue upkeep and more!

    RalphMedhurst Arts in Education Fund

    Gives the gift of live theatre to underserved youth who may never have had access to the arts, and ties in to school curriculum standards. Show tickets, books and teacher study guides are provided at a cost of $10 per student.

    Burton E. Dikelsky Memorial Access to Arts Fund

    The Burton E. Dikelsky Memorial Access to Arts Fund expands arts access to students and their families in the Chicago Southland by helping them overcome informational, transportation, social, and economic barriers. 

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