Wharton Center for Performing Arts
A Place to Engage with the Arts
For more than thirty years, Wharton Center for Performing Arts has been in the business of changing lives. Founded in the belief that the arts are a powerful force for exploring our common humanity and embracing cultural, economic, geographic, and social differences, Wharton Center fosters mutual understanding, insight into our place in society, and how we can be better people and contribute to the world in which we live.
In addition to presenting world-class artists, Wharton Center acts as a catalyst for creativity in mid-Michigan and beyond. The campaign will support our work to celebrate different cultures and points of view, challenge people to think in new ways, and cultivate the next generation of creative, innovative thinkers through arts education.
The Wharton Center for Performing Arts seeks to raise $20.2 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $25.0 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.
Director of Development
“Now more than ever the arts matter. The arts are central to our nation’s civic, economic, and cultural vitality. The arts reflect who we are and what we stand for—freedom of expression, imagination, and vision. Arts education is indispensable to raising America’s next generation of creative, innovative thinkers.”