Over a decade ago, Jackson desperately needed a major venue for dance, theater and film productions. The cultural landscape was challenging: The smattering of available yet inadequate performance spaces could not stage technically-demanding events, and equally dispersed were the arts groups themselves, which meant artists often worked in silos unaware of each other.

Then as now, The Center as a community-wide cultural and educational hub, shelters and nurtures the cultural core of Jackson. The Center provides a platform for many of our cherished and independent cultural and educational organizations to flourish.

The Center’s endowment is a permanent source of funding that supports our mission to inspire a culture of creativity and learning, and by providing a dedicated campus that fosters excellence in diverse programming. Each year, a portion of the endowment is paid out as an annual distribution to support structural operating expenses and strategic initiatives; facility maintenance; and programming. Any appreciation in excess of this annual distribution is retained in the endowment so it can grow and support future generations. As a result, the endowment can provide the financial foundation for generations to come.

We are indebted to donors who choose to support The Center through endowment gifts.

To learn more about contributing to the Endowment, please contact
Anne Ladd, Development Director
Center for the Arts

Endowment funds from these generous donors and foundations support programming and maintenance of The Center campus:

Facility Maintenance EndowmenT

Ordway Family Foundation

Programming Endowment

Jean Adams Estate