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The Arts Come Together for All

The Arts Come Together for All

Virago-Man Dem

November 2018

Every day at Krannert Center, artists of every genre from across the campus and around the world come together to create. It happens in classrooms, shops, rehearsal halls, and of course, on our magnificent stages.

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Building Community at the Opening Night Party

Building Community at the Opening Night Party

Opening Night Party Tattoos

On Friday, September 7, Krannert Center’s two-season 50th-anniversary celebration burst forth at the free Opening Night Party. In the central lobby, over 2000 revelers of every age grooved together to the sounds of Ranky Tanky, Baracutanga, New Orleans Jazz Machine, and AJ Ghent; created crafting masterpieces; and united with friends old and new.

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ACCESS FOR ALL TWO-SEASON CHALLENGE

ACCESS FOR ALL TWO-SEASON CHALLENGE

Access for All Stage 5

Access to the arts is at the core of the Krannert Center mission—access to diverse world-class artistry; to a welcoming, premier facility; to powerful public engagement; and to educational programs that inspire audiences of all ages. Krannert Center believes that everyone deserves to experience the life-affirming power of the performing arts.

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Generational Generosity

Generational Generosity

Youth Performance

Suzi McDonald joined Krannert Center’s staff in 1981, serving as the very first Audience Education Director and passionately pioneering opportunities for the Center to extend its community impact through programs like Krannert Caravan, Within Reach, Residence Hall Outreach, and the Krannert Center Community Volunteer Program.

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Visionary Philanthropy

Visionary Philanthropy

Herman and Ellnora Krannert

Herman Krannert was a University of Illinois College of Engineering graduate who made a name for himself in the shipping business—in particular, by pioneering the use of corrugated cardboard through his Inland Container Corporation. In the early 1960s, Herman and his wife Ellnora (for whom our guitar festival is named) decided it was time to honor Herman’s alma mater with a new gift.

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