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The Center for the Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational, arts, and cultural organization.

Our Mission
The mission of the Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Indiana community through enriching arts experiences.

Civic Theatre


Civic Theatre is the largest of more than 70 Indiana community theatres and one of the ten largest of over 7,000 active community theatres in the United States. Civic also is considered to be the nation's longest continuously operating community theatre. Founded in 1915, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre has been a vital part of the city's cultural landscape for nearly a century, providing quality live theatrical entertainment for a broad-based audience.

Civic represents a unique blend of avocational actors, technicians and professional staff, and offers a wide variety of educational and community outreach programs. In addition to the Mainstage Season, the Theatre's Education Program provides a comprehensive theatre-based youth program for children and youth ages 4-21 as well as for adults, including year-round workshops, performances and recitals.


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