Funds That Support UIS Performing Arts Services


Rendering of new PAC lobby
Rendering of updated UIS Performing Arts Center lobby

Make a Difference for UIS Performing Arts Services

Your gift in any amount to the funds below provide support to the many community members–young and older–who enjoy, learn from, and are inspired by the performing arts at UIS. Use the Donate buttons below to make a gift online.

Friends of UIS Performing Arts

We invite you to express your enthusiasm for the arts by joining an outstanding group of individuals–the Friends of UIS Performing Arts. You’ll find more details at the link. By becoming a Friend, you will help guarantee the continuation of quality arts and entertainment programs for the Springfield community and surrounding areas, setting the stage for future generations to enjoy high quality and world-renowned performances that explore, educate and entertain.

Special Giving Opportunity – Upgraded Lobby Area (rendering above): The University of Illinois Springfield Performing Arts Center is bringing more than just a new name to UIS. A major facelift of the lobby area is also planned. According to Bryan Rives, new director of the UIS Performing Arts Services, the space will have “amenities patrons expect of a world-class performance facility.” This includes a new grand staircase to the third-floor landing and a new ticket office. Over the years, 72,000 visitors have come to the performance venues now encompassed in the UIS Performing Arts Center, adding to the performing arts available in Central Illinois. “It was time for a refresh and to celebrate all of the accomplishments our organization has had over the years,” said Rives. More information in the UIS Newsroom. If you would like to support this initiative, please use the above Donate button to give to the Friends of UIS Performing Arts; make a note on the online giving form in the space for Special Instructions that you would like your gift to be used for the updated lobby area. Thank you!

Other Funds

The Sangamon Auditorium has nine targeted funds. You can give as much or as little as you would like to these funds, and you can give online or by mail.

UIS Performing Arts Endowment Fund

Because the above fund is endowed, your gifts to either fund will never be spent; instead, income from your gifts will provide support for the Auditorium in the futu

Performing Arts Sponsorships Fund

Sangamon Auditorium Angel Tickets Fund

The Angel Ticket Program of Sangamon Auditorium exists to provide complimentary performance tickets to adults whose financial and/or social situation would otherwise prohibit them from experiencing live performances of the performing arts by national and international touring artists. Tickets are granted to the clients of eligible non-profit human-service organizations.

Sangamon Auditorium Maintenance Endowment

This endowment provides support for maintenance projects.

Sangamon Auditorium Special Projects

Gifts to this fund help maintain Sangamon Auditorium as an outstanding venue for high-quality entertainment.

A few examples of gifts to this fund help the auditorium include:

  • $100 can be used to purchase replacements for stage lights;
  • $250 can help upgrade the sound and/or lighting systems; or
  • $500 can replace an auditorium seat; or
  • a somewhat larger gift you could endow the Auditorium stage (you would be able to add your name to the stage with this gift; please contact the Office of Advancement for information).

UIS Performing Arts Youth Programming Funds

Helen Hamilton Performing Arts Endowment for Youth Fund

Supports the ClassPass program, which makes possible discounted tickets for classes to attend the Auditorium’s performing arts events. Because this is an endowed fund, your gift will never be spent; instead, interest from your gift will provide income to the Auditorium in the future.

Staley Class Acts Sangamon Auditorium

Supports the Class Acts program at Sangamon Auditorium. Assists grades K-12 children in central Illinois to attend performances. Gifts help with student ticket assistance, artist fees, and bus allowances.

Youth Outreach Fund

When Béla Fleck, American banjo player, and Abigail Washburn, clawhammer banjo player and singer, performed at Sangamon Auditorium in Spring 2015, they did something very special for Springfield children. They told Auditorium staff that they would like to donate proceeds from their merchandise sales to a local initiative. After hearing some options, the artists chose the Auditorium’s Arts Start program.  The Arts Start program brings over 600 local low-income Head Start preschool students to performing arts events at UIS. Developed with funding from PNC (Bank) Foundation, the Arts Start program is a partnership of Sangamon Auditorium, the Springfield Urban League Head Start, and PNC’s Grow Up Great initiative. Your gifts to this fund will add to Fleck and Washburn’s gifts, enhancing opportunities for Head Start Children in the Springfield area.


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