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Become a part of the story

There is no greater purpose than to help transform the world around us for the better. Through the performing arts and arts education, Wharton Center is committed to shaping our community into something remarkable. Inspired by performances and innovative education programs, each person leaves Wharton Center with a story to tell. Sharing these stories is essential to living a richer and more purposeful life.

Your support makes that possible.

Child enjoying crafts prior to performance

Community Supporter

Make the performing arts and arts education a reality for our community.

Kristen Calabrese

Interested in giving?

Kristen Calabrese
Director of Development
(517) 884-3140


The selfless participation of our volunteers is essential to the life and success of Wharton Center.

When you look at the community, Wharton Center is one, if not the, component that separates East Lansing and allows us to be something bigger than we are. It means something to have live theater here. And it’s not just Broadway shows, it’s all the other types of entertainment that go on there. Without it, this would be a very different community.

Mark Hollis, Fmr. MSU Athletic Director and Wharton Center Donor