Jerry & Sheila Brooks
Jerry Brooks at CCA Groundbreaking
Jerry Brooks served as Mayor of Chandler from 1984 – 1988 and was tenacious about putting in place the infrastructure that would support the projected growth in Chandler in the years to come. He spearheaded everything from the fire department, airport, road and waste water and water distribution master plans to fighting to get Loop 101 extended from the US 60 to the San Tan with voters passing Prop 300 in 1985. Jerry also knew how crucial it was to advance the cultural base in Chandler.
“We wanted to advance the cultural base in Chandler as a part of an effort to attract high tech industry and employment to Chandler and we needed a performing art center to do it. I spoke to the superintendent of the school district and the City Manager, and got everybody together and said, ‘What’s the feasibility of creating an intergovernmental agreement to get the Center built?’ I’m extremely proud of the Chandler Center for the Arts. It took a lot of hard work to bring the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District together to create a partnership that would benefit both organizations. The Chandler Center for the Arts joint use agreement represents one of the most unique and successful organizational structures in the country.”
- Mayor Jerry Brooks, City of Chandler 1984-1988
In honor of Jerry Brooks’ love of the arts and years of stewardship at the Chandler Center for the Arts, the Chandler Cultural Foundation established the Jerry Brooks Legacy Fund, a fund that supports the Chandler Center for the Arts Endowment.
Please consider supporting the Jerry Brooks Legacy Fund. Your gift is an investment in the future – an investment that makes a real difference in the quality of life in our community for generations to come.