Support Community Gathering at Uncorked
It’s a simple premise—a weekly wine tasting sponsored by the Center and featuring live performances by local musicians on selected dates. But Krannert Uncorked has become so much more than that, and now you can keep it going strong by contributing to our new Access for All campaign.
Building Community at the Opening Night Party
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.
ACCESS FOR ALL TWO-SEASON CHALLENGE
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.
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.
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.