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The Butler Arts & Events Center is dedicated to meaningful experiences in and through the arts. Our mission is to bring people together to celebrate community. It is only with support from the community that we’re able to continue this mission forward. Please consider supporting the Butler Arts & Events Center in one of two areas, general BAEC support, or support for the Student Matinee Series.

Butler Arts & Events Center

The Butler Arts & Events Center (BAEC) is Central Indiana’s premiere home for diverse performing arts programming and education on the beautiful campus of Butler University. Its 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 2,100 seat venue Clowes Memorial Hall; the Schrott Center for the Arts with 475 seats; Shelton Auditorium with nearly 400 seats; Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall with 135 seats and Lilly Hall Studio Theatre.  Donate Now

Student Matinee Series

Since 1991, the Butler Arts & Events Center’s (BAEC) Student Matinee Series has created opportunities for more than 1 million students, teachers and guests to attend live curriculum-based, culturally diverse, and age appropriate performances. With approximately 30 shows each season, every production is designed to enrich audiences with a variety of learning styles and approaches while introducing students to specific art forms and educational topics. Every year, more than 35,000 Hoosier Students from 40 counties attend our matinee performances at Clowes Memorial Hall and the Schrott Center for the Arts and experience the magic of live theatre right before their eyes! Donate Now
(Pictured: Diary of Anne Frank from 2019/20 season).


The Butler Arts & Events Center is proud to be a part of the local arts & entertainment community and like all venues and arts organizations, we rely on ticket sales to maintain the operation of our facilities and programs.

We also rely on philanthropic donations and during this difficult time, we’re hoping you can show your support for the programming we bring to our community. Whether you choose to support our Education Gift fund that supports reduced fee tickets to our Student Education Series or our Butler Arts Presents fund that supports diverse programming we bring each year, you’re signaling your appreciation for the arts in our community.

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Thank you in advance for supporting us!