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Butler Arts and Events Center

The Butler Arts & Events Center (BAEC) is home to Butler University’s event facilities including performance venues, conference and meeting rooms, outdoor spaces and housing. Its performance venues welcome more than 300,000 visitors annually, with 35,000 from the student matinee series. The BAEC is comprised of five venues including its flagship venue Clowes Memorial HallSchrott Center for the ArtsShelton Auditorium,  Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, and Lilly Hall Studio Theatre. Programming includes the Butler Arts Presents series, BAEC’s Education Matinee Series, Jordan College of the Arts performances, Broadway In Indianapolis shows, various Butler lecture series, performances from local performing arts organizations and a variety of national touring shows.

About Student Education Matinees

Since 1991, the BAEC has presented curriculum-based, culturally diverse, fully accessible, and age appropriate performances and programs to all-aged audiences. Live performances and programs enrich audiences with a variety of learning styles and approaches, exposing and introducing students to specific art forms (dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and media). At the BAEC, our commitment is to providing a positive artistic experience through live performance, ultimately educating while entertaining.

Since COVID, the BAEC has been providing virtual education matinees FREE at no cost to school groups, to ensure students can still participate in an arts education while not being able to take field trips. 

Teachers share how their students continue to talk about attending a matinee performance, months or even years after visiting. More than ONE MILLION students, teachers and guests have attended matinee performances at the BAEC. Until we can return to in-person student matinees, it is of the utmost importance for the BAEC to step up as an arts leader and provide these virtual performances for free. 

How can you help?

Providing virtual student education matinees for free comes at a direct cost to the BAEC. Your gift will have an immediate impact by subsidizing the cost of students of seeing a theatrical performance. One student education matinee production will cost, on average, $5000 to provide virtually to the schools and teachers of Central Indiana. 

Make your gift today and help us to continue giving more kids the chance to see a performance and building a culture of art appreciation throughout Central Indiana. Give the magic you experienced and start changing child at a time!

Participation Challenge
Some call it giving back, we call it the Butler Way. Thank you, Bulldogs! And a special thank you to Ken Massaroni '83 and Lori Ziemba '82, and Lynne Zydowsky '81for funding this challenge.
1,500 / 1,500 Gifts
Area of Campus Leaderboard
Check out which Area of Campus is leading the pack on Day of Giving!
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 226
2 Live Mascot Program 204
3 Lacy School of Business 188
4 Alumni Engagement 156
5 College of Education 129
6 College of Communication 121
7 Athletics 120
8 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 110
9 Jordan College of the Arts 80
10 Esports 57
11 Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement 55
12 Student Affairs 46
13 Center for Faith and Vocation 24
14 Career and Professional Success 21
15 Butler Arts and Events Center 15
16 Libraries 10
Final Countdown Challenge
In the final hours of Day of Giving, gifts made to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Your gift to the Butler Fund for Student Scholarship could be the game-winner pushing us over the 1,500 gift goal unlocking an additional $80,000 in student scholarship support!
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Alumni Community Leaderboard
Check out which Alumni Communities are making the largest impact on Butler Day of Giving!
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Rank Answer Gifts
1 Central Indiana Community 217
2 Chicago Community 68
3 Greater Detroit Community 24
4 Greater Boston Community 21
5 Greater New York Community 15
6 St. Louis Community 14
7 Bay Area Community 9
8 Fort Wayne Community 9
9 Cincinnati Community 8
10 Washington, DC Community 8
11 Greater Evansville Community 7
12 Atlanta Community 6
13 Mile High Community 5
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Challenge
We did it! Thanks to all LAS Faculty and Staff that made a gift.
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