FRIENDS of UIS Performing Arts Center are donors who play a pivotal role in fostering opportunities within our local community. FRIENDS provide vital support for performances by renowned artists, essential enhancements to our facilities, and enriching experiences for local children. Donations to FRIENDS are recognized through a membership program that provides unique benefits based on the level of giving. If you’re looking for the best seat opportunities and a VIP experience from start to finish, this is the membership for you.
For an overview of all membership levels and benefits, click here.
Because of donors like you:
Sensory friendly performance by folk music artist, Chris Vallillo.
Staley Class Acts performance for school-age children.
Checks can be mailed to:
FRIENDS of UIS Performing Arts Center
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 397
Springfield, IL 62703
Make check payable to: UIS PAC FRIENDS
Special Project HIGHLIGHT
This quarter we are highlighting
Our Stage / Our Voices
Our Stage / Our Voices is a program
formed to take a leadership role in
cultivating an environment whereby
members of historically
address the issues of inequality in the
regional performing arts with the goal
of achieving diversity and inclusion.
To learn more about this amazing
program or to show your support
through donation, click here.
Meet Dan and Lynn Brown. When they’re not traveling the globe, they are active volunteers at the UIS Performing Arts Center. Dan, a retired pharmacist from upstate New York, and Lynn, a retired teacher from Kansas City, Missouri, met during their college years in Iowa. Their shared love for travel has taken them to six different continents, and the photo you see was taken in front of the Taj Mahal in India.
A friend who was already a volunteer at the UIS Performing Arts Center encouraged them to join the volunteer corps shortly after Lynn’s retirement. Dan was still working at the time, and the couple fondly remembers trying to juggle their busy schedule. Now, 14 years later, their schedule hasn’t slowed down as they continue to plan a variety of trips throughout the year and frequently gather with friends to play bridge. They also visit their daughter and grandchildren in Palatine, their son and grandson in San Leandro, and share their time with other community organizations.
Lynn is a member of their church’s handbell choir and Dan volunteers at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. When asked about volunteering for the UIS Performing Arts Center, Lynn eagerly shares about the wonderful shows she has been exposed to over the years. Dan emphasizes the unique appeal of each show and the camaraderie among the team. “Come enjoy the diversity. No two shows are the same, and you get to work with great people.”
The couple have also been donors to FRIENDS of the UIS Performing Arts Center for the past five years. When making decisions about their required minimum distributions from retirement funds, they chose to make charitable contributions. Lynn shares that it’s easy to do and benefits them as well as the organizations they support. Dan is impressed with Springfield’s vibrant arts scene. He states, “It’s phenomenal with how many opportunities there are to get involved,” and he encourages others to join him and Lynn. “If you love the arts, it’s easy to support.”