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“We are convinced that education through participation in culture is one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences people can enjoy—and, in these complex times, a most needed one.”

In 1969, Herman and Ellnora Krannert were encouraging everyone to immerse in the arts, and they established Krannert Center to provide a gathering place for sharing transformative moments. Just as the Center continues to span the performing arts from jazz to drama to ballet to classical music to multimedia theatre works to world dance and beyond, numerous avenues for participation await you. In addition to enjoying a performance from your theatre seat or dancing at OUTSIDE at Research Park, you can volunteer your time and talents, set up a trust to support Herman and Ellnora’s legacy, sponsor the Krannert Center Youth Series, celebrate the six-string masters of ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, honor a loved one, or craft a singular way to meaningfully demonstrate your commitment to the arts.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to extend your open-hearted nature to Krannert Center. You have many options for providing your gift. 


No matter its size, each gift makes a difference. When you contribute, your generosity directly supports the performances you see each year.


Celebrate a milestone or honor a friend or loved one with a gift to Krannert Center’s performance season. Donations may be made in any amount and are fully tax-deductible.


Because of this program, students at the University of Illinois enjoy $10 tickets for nearly every event, other college students and children receive significant discounts, and local schoolchildren attend the Krannert Center Youth Series, a program designed to ignite the imaginations of youngsters through live performances and educational materials.


Especially memorable moments can arise within unfamiliar or unexpected contexts, and Creative Intersections will bring you up close to artists, take you backstage with production team members, or put you in conversations with noted scholars. The free concerts and activities that form the bedrock of this initiative let everyone revel in the joy and wonder of the arts.


Endowments provide a permanent base of funds from life income, special trusts, or bequest provisions. Contact us to discuss personalized ways to leave your legacy.


In these challenging economic times, multiyear pledges for current use give Krannert Center additional strength as we plan for future seasons and ensure that the Center sustains its extraordinary scope and quality.


Give directly and securely through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your bank account. Learn more through the University of Illinois Foundation’s website.


To make a gift of publicly traded stocks or mutual funds via electronic transfer, please contact our Advancement Team for delivery instructions at advancement [at] or 217.333.6700. Physical copies of certificates can be mailed to: 

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Attn: Advancement
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3788


University of Illinois employees have the option to support Krannert Center through payroll deduction, which sends a gift directly and automatically from a paycheck with minimal administrative expenses. Learn more through the University of Illinois Foundation’s website


Connect your contribution with your passion. Initiatives such as ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival, the Krannert Center Youth Series, OUTSIDE at the Research Park, innovative classical music programming, and many others provide discounted or free arts experiences and are critically important for increasing access to cultural participation and broadening cultural understanding.


Many opportunities to volunteer your time or lend your particular expertise are waiting for you.

Are you ready to invest now in Krannert Center?

For more information about giving, please contact:

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Phone: 217.333.6700
Email: advancement [at]
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801-3788