Nearly fifteen years after launching, with 18 world premieres, over 400,000 community members served, a focus on unparalleled access to low-income families and youth with special needs, and the opening our new home, The Station, in the city’s historic and re-emerging West Loop neighborhood.
We are proud to announce our next critical step officially leaving behind the identity of a small theatre company and leveraging our position as a world class arts institution: Let’s Play: The Power of Play, a $1 Million annual fundraising and engagement campaign. In redefining the importance of play, in all of its forms from drama to creative intelligence to imagination, Chicago Children’s Theatre will embark on a series of strategic initiatives across three pillars.
The Power of Play focuses on how we can leverage the arts to build stronger citizens, while working to address pressing needs in our community. We believe, and research supports, that access to high-quality theatre arts and arts learning experiences is essential to enhanced individual development and improved functioning in school, work and community settings. More broadly, every day nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers – creating an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of our tourism industry.
For The Love of Play demonstrates how our work on stage has the ability to transform lives by entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences. We are committed to creating great theatre that pushes boundaries. The mission of Chicago Children’s Theatre is to aspire to enrich our community through diverse and significant theatrical and educational programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us. CCT achieves its mission through the creation of awe-inducing theatrical productions and programs with an emphasis on inclusion, accessibility and affordability; inspiring young people and families to lead lives of adventure, courage, and curiosity. It is also important that CCT’s productions reflect the rich tapestry of Chicago communities, and address the societal issues important to the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
A Place to Play revolves around our home, The Station, a former police station re-imagined as a destination for arts learning, individual empowerment and community unification. This is a realization froth with symbolism and substance. A place once reserved for confining human spirit is now a space for creativity and human expression. The Station is a place for families and children of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities to explore artistic endeavors with boundless imagination; encouraging future artists, creators and leaders.
We are confident you will find an area that speaks to you. Your gift will leverage impact in moving these strategies forward. Together, we can make Chicago Children’s Theatre every child’s theatre. Let’s Play!