Chandler Center for the Arts opened its doors on August 25, 1989. It was the result of community leadership, clear vision and the City of Chandler's commitment to the arts.
In the mid-80s, Chandler Mayor Jerry Brooks sought to attract high-tech companies to the city as part of an economic development plan. He knew that Chandler would be an attractive location if the city could illustrate its high quality of life, including stellar schools and mild sunny weather, as well as arts and entertainment options. While Mayor Brooks was looking for a way to compete with other cities, Chandler Unified School District wanted an auditorium for its high school.
The result is a space shared by the city and the district, with students rehearsing and performing during the week on the same stage where an international performer will be in the spotlight on the weekend. Superior acoustics and a turntable divisible auditorium that makes three theatres into one, the Chandler Center for the Arts is one of the most distinct performing arts centers in the country.
Celebrating 30 years this year, Chandler Center for the Arts is embracing its past and its future as an engaging, welcoming, innovative space that serves a diverse and growing community. Located in the center of vibrant and thriving Downtown Chandler, the Center is a continually evolving location for all to come through its doors - using creativity and inspiration to bring people together through performances and exhibitions.
“Chandler is growing at an astounding rate, evolving from our city’s agricultural roots to the high-tech hub we are today,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, General Manager at the Chandler Center for the Arts. “We are proud the Chandler Center for the Arts is such an important part of the community, a place for residents and visitors alike to gather, enjoy a rich variety of performances and discover new cultural experiences that form lasting memories with friends and family."
Chandler Center for the arts is a place that connects people to our families, our friends, our cultural identity, to others and ourselves.
This is who we are and it is all because of the people we serve.