“Arts and culture are the expressions of a community's heart and soul. Together they form an image that sets the city apart and creates anticipation and excitement for the resident and traveler.”
-Americans for the Arts
When someone steps through the doors of the Chandler Center for the Arts for the first time you see on their face the anticipation of what they are about to experience. The Center lobby draws them in with its soaring ceilings, chandeliers and massive works of art. The grand staircase beckons them into the theatre where the magic of the arts will transport them to new places, and provide an entirely new dimension to entertain and educate. Being immersed into any arts experience is transformational for all ages and backgrounds. That sense of wonder is there for all who are open to feeling it.
The mission of the Chandler Center for the Arts is to make visual and performing arts available to the entire Chandler population; to become a creative force and an educational resource for the community; and to harness the economic vitality of the arts.
The Vision of the Chandler Center for the Arts embodies the belief that the arts hold transformative potential. The Center elevates the social culture of our community, empowering citizens to bridge borders through participation, intellectual exploration and leadership development of the arts. Widely renowned for excellence in collaborative programming, the Center presents innovative, relevant and diverse cultural experiences that both reflect and expand the community’s interests.
In 2006 the Chandler Center for the Arts was honored with the Governor’s Arts Award for its innovative ideas, outstanding educational, visual and performing arts programs and its management excellence.
A product of community leadership, clear vision and unwavering determination, the Chandler Center for the Arts is a testament to Chandler’s passionate commitment to the arts. As a shared facility between the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District and built with the generous support of the community, the Center marks the collaboration of a world-class team of architects, designers, and acousticians. The Chandler Cultural Foundation was established as a 501 c 3 non-profit organization to support and sustain the artistic and educational programs of the Center.
The Center is comprised of three theatres and a 2,000 square foot exhibition gallery. With a total seating capacity of 1,500, the unique design of the Center allows for two rear sections of the main auditorium to rotate 180 degrees to become two more intimate performance spaces: The 350-seat Hal Bogle Theatre and the 250-seat Recital Hall.
The facility is used Monday through Thursday primarily for school arts curriculum and other school activities, and Friday through Sunday for Foundation/or public performances. The Center is recognized as one of the most effective organizational structures in the country.
The Vision Gallery is also managed and supported by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and is located a half mile from the Center in the Chandler City Hall. Rotating exhibits in the Gallery help create a robust arts community in the heart of Chandler. The Chandler Center for the Arts serves over 300,000 patrons with 1,000+ performances and activities each year. Patrons have enjoyed a broad range of artistic programs including concerts, dance, comedy, theatre and many other special events. Some of the talented artists who have graced the Center’s stage include: Cesar Millan, Debbie Reynolds, Los Lonely Boys, Lily Tomlin, Harlem Gospel Choir, Vikki Carr, Tower of Power, Dionne Warwick, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Manhattan Transfer, Rosemary Clooney, Jack Jones, London City Opera, The National Dance Company of Ireland, Moscow Festival Ballet, Glen Campbell, The Texas Tenors, Burt Bacharach, Marvin Hamlisch, Black Violin and Alpin Hong.
What makes the Chandler Center for the Arts unique from other Performing Arts Centers is the focus on providing young people with hands on artistic opportunities. Reaching 5,000+ youth annually with four distinct programs, a base for arts appreciation is being built that will continue to enrich the community for years to come.
According to the Youth ARTS Development Project:
Arts education makes a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has been proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries.
The Americans for the Arts 2015 report stated that:
Students with an education rich in the arts have historically earned higher grade point averages and scored higher on the SAT than students without arts education. The more years of arts students take, the higher their SAT scores on average. These gains hold true regardless of socioeconomic status, which means that where at-risk students are getting arts education, it is helping to close the achievement gap.
The Chandler Center for the Arts has invested in the future of the arts through its Connecting Kidz program that is offered for free or at a reduced fee.
The IBM 2010 Global CEO Study reported that according to a major new IBM survey of more than 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, chief executives believe that – more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision – successfully navigating an increasing complex world will require creativity.
Research has shown that the benefit of arts experiences has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of young people. It’s no surprise that cities and towns across the nation are stepping up to support the continued growth of arts and culture. There is a clear link between a vibrant arts community and an increase in local economies. Having an abundance of unique arts, performances and events is directly linked to higher revenue for local businesses, in turn making an attractive offering to talented professionals–whose decisions on where to start a career or business are driven by quality of life and the availability of cultural amenities.
You can play a role in ensuring that all of us continue to enjoy a thriving Chandler by investing in the cultural center of the city, leading the way in the arts, economy, education and entertainment.