Box Office
You are here: Home Support the Arts

Support the Arts

A New Society for Today's Visionaries

For more than 40 years, the Nazareth College Arts Center has served as a venue and educational resource for students, educators, visual and performing artists, and audiences to create, study, and experience all areas of the arts. These cultural programs serve as the foundation for the College’s curriculum in music, art, and theatre arts, and provide area residents with opportunities to experience exceptional dance, children’s theatre, and international entertainment.

Did you know?

The Nazareth College Arts Center:

  • attracts more than 80,000 adults and children annually.
  • is the premier presenter of world-class dance, children’s theatre, and international entertainment in Rochester.
  • is the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and world-renowned Garth Fagan Dance, as well as the home of Rochester Children’s Theatre and Bach Children’s Chorus.
  • houses the Nazareth College departments of art, music, and theatre arts, which present exceptional theatre productions, musicals, opera, recitals, and art exhibitions each year (events are open to the public).
  • serves as a venue for auditions, art classes, music lessons, recitals, fundraisers, lectures, community theater productions, camps, workshops, and graduations.
  • provides access to master classes, school performances, and subscription series shows for underserved youth.
  • presents an annual Dance Festival each July.

The Nazareth College Arts Center is a nonprofit institution. With only a small fraction of our budget provided by government funding, we rely on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations to meet operating costs and other expenses.

There are many ways to support the Arts Center

Your support enables us to continue our long-standing tradition of educational and artistic excellence and entitles you to special ticket-purchasing privileges, discounts, and other benefits.

Join the Council Oak Society

“The Nazareth College Arts Center has an impact that extends far beyond the borders of the Nazareth campus, allowing accessibility for the entire community to music, theatre, and dance performances. It is a vital piece of the cultural landscape of Rochester and one of the reasons that the statement ‘Rochester—Made for Living’ is true.”
Dr. Jacques and Dawn Lipson

As a Council Oak Society member, you earn a place at select campus events, season admission to the Arts Center Lipson Patron’s Lounge, recognition both on campus and in our publications, and up-to-date information on milestones and plans at the College. You will also receive a special invitation to the annual reception at the president’s home as well as an invitation to the Spring Pops Concert.

Annual membership in the Council Oak Society begins at $1,000. For information on how you can join, call the development office at 585-389-2415 or email

Sponsor the 2012 Dance Festival

The second annual Dance Festival (July 2011) was a tremendous success and drew more than 6,000 participants. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this year’s Dance Festival, please contact Kelly Gagan at 585-389-2411 or

Sponsor a Show during the Subscription Series

For more than 40 years, the Nazareth College Arts Center has presented the finest music, theatre, and dance from all over the world. Community support has made this longstanding history possible.

Sponsorship levels begin at $1,500. Packages include recognition during curtain announcements, reserved parking, access to the Lipson Patron’s Lounge, reduced/complimentary tickets, and advertising in the program guide. Higher levels include an exclusive Council Oak event, hosted by Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Lynn Mulvey at 585-389-2414 or

“Take a Seat!”

Endow a seat for yourself, for loved ones, or as a gift to permanently commemorate a special occasion. A permanent, personalized brass plate will mark the seat(s) in the Callahan Theater that you have endowed. Your donation of $1,000 per seat will fund the Arts Center Endowment, providing for its long-term financial health and stability.

For more information, contact Kelly Gagan at 585-389-2411 or

Remember the Nazareth College Arts Center with a Planned Gift

Align your charitable giving with your overall financial and estate planning goals. You can prepare students for personal and professional success in a global society and help continue to bring world-class performances to the community through your planned gift. For more information, contact Melissa Head at 585-389-2179 or

Make a Gift

Contact Us

For information on how you can support Nazareth College, contact the office of development at 585-389-2415 or

Support Nazareth »