Join The Center for a Night of Celebration!

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Writer // Janelle Morrison     Photography // Courtesy of The Center

The Center for the Performing Arts is known for its outstanding educational programs. These programs are designed to enrich the community and provide learning opportunities in various performing arts disciplines. Proceeds from The Center’s annual gala support its arts and educational programming, which is why [The Center’s] support from its patrons, sponsors and the community is vital to the existence and future of its impactful programs. Last year’s sold-out gala at the Palladium raised more than $689,000 [for its programs].

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This year’s headliner will be singer-songwriter Amy Grant, winner of six Grammy Awards, 22 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor. Event highlights include:

  • First Merchants Bank Red Carpet Arrival
  • First Merchants Bank Cocktail Reception
  • Elegant dinner and live auction supporting arts programming for the community
  • Celebrate, dance and revel at the gala after-parties throughout the Palladium [Black tie recommended]
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The Center for Performing Arts President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott shared his thoughts on the impact the gala has on supporting The Center’s mission. The mission of The Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Indiana community through enriching arts experiences.

“The Center Celebration is an important source of funding for our arts and educational initiatives as well as a community celebration of The Center’s impact across Indiana,” McDermott said. “It’s been interesting and gratifying to see how the event has developed over the past decade or more. We welcome all the local leaders and lovers of the arts who have supported our mission from the beginning, as well as the new friends who are coming aboard after seeing and experiencing what we bring to the community.”

In addition to his commitment to and work for the Great American Songbook Foundation, Michael Feinstein has been serving as the Artistic Director for The Center for the Performing Arts since 2009.

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Feinstein, who will also perform at this year’s gala, stated, “The Center has grown into a vital resource for the entire region, and that could not have happened without the support and creative vision of this community. The gala is a fundraiser, to be sure, but it’s also a wonderful annual celebration of what we’ve been able to accomplish in such a relatively short period of time, in terms of sharing the power of the performing arts.”

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The Center is appreciative of its patrons, volunteers and sponsors, without whose support and generosity its programs and events would not be possible.

“Ice Miller is proud to serve as the presenting partner for The Center for the Performing Arts gala, and I am honored to serve as co-chair of this event,” Adam Arceneaux, Steering Committee co-chair and managing partner with Ice Miller stated. “The Center for the Performing Arts brings educational and cultural opportunities to everyone in Central Indiana and adds to our quality of life. We are fortunate to have such a robust arts organization in our community.”

Event details and table reservations are available at

Community Partners include:

Ice Miller – Presenting Partner

First Merchants Bank – Red Carpet Arrival and Cocktail Reception Partner

Studio M Architecture – Bar Partner

Meridian Plastic Surgeons – After-Party Partner

In-Kind Partners providing goods and services:

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Importin’ Joe’s Ethiopian Coffee
  • Current in Carmel
  • Indianapolis Business Journal
  • St. Elmo Steak House
  • Oberer’s Flowers
  • Moyer Fine Jewelers