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Fine Arts

Fund the Arts at Central College

Central’s art, music and theatre programs offer students wonderful opportunities for professional and artistic growth. 

With diverse course options, exciting performance opportunities and local and international learning experiences, our Fine Arts programs offer so much to majors and non-majors alike. 

Give to your favorite fine arts program or ensemble to make a difference today.

Art ProgramALMA Jazz Ensemble
Music ProgramCentral Choirs
Musical Theatre ProgramFlying Pans Steel Drum Ensemble
Theatre ProgramSymphonic Wind Ensemble

Restore a Piece of Central History

Central College has sought to restore Douwstra Auditorium's organ ever since the building’s last renovation in 1984. With the support of our donors, we are closer than ever to making that dream a reality.

We have plans for a new, handcrafted pipe organ by world-renowned organ builder Casavant Frères of Canada. The new organ will fill the auditorium with incredible sound and elegant beauty that harmonizes with the hall’s state-of-the-art acoustics and renovated interior design. 

Before that can happen, Central needs another collaborator: You! Help bring the king of instruments back to the center of Central’s campus and help give voice to campus concerts and celebrations for generations to come. Support the next phase of Douwstra Auditorium Renovations.

Help Spread the Central Spirit!

Hoo-Rah Day is all about bringing the Central community together. Help us celebrate by reaching out to your Central friends and mentors. Share Central-themed photos of your kids, pets or Central memories on social media. Snap a photo with our Hoo-Rah Day poster or download a Big Red coloring sheet. Share this address – – with #HoorahDay and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration. Thank you and Go Dutch!

Total Gifts Challenge – $50,000!
ANY gift, ANY fund, ANY size.... your gift helps unlock more support! Each time we reach 50 gifts, we’ll unlock $10,000 for the Journey Scholarship. Just by participating, you’ll help unlock up to $50,000 for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by: Dave ’86 & Kristi Jaarsma Balk ’88; Jim ’65 & Sue Spaans Brandl ’65; Dave & Barb Downs Duggin ’65; John ’87 & Julie Pothoven Fisher ’90; Chad ’97 & Valerie Roush Huyser ’97; Pella Engraving & Sign; Emily & Larry Reynen ’71; and anonymous donors.
250 / 250 Gifts
Inspired by Faculty Challenge – $10,000!
Was your gift inspired by an outstanding faculty member, past or present? That’s great! When 25 gifts are made in honor of a faculty member, $10,000 will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by Gina & Jim Blayney ’72, in appreciation of Don Butler, Rich Glendening & Bob Maurer.
25 / 25 Donors
Parents Challenge – $5,000!
Central parents are some of the most loyal people we know. When 25 Central parents, current or past donate, a $5,000 challenge will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
25 / 25 Donors
Facebook Challenge
Ready for a challenge? Share your favorite Central memory or a photo in your Central gear in the comments on this post. Once we have 15 comments with a Central memory or photo, $2,500 will be unlocked for student scholarships!
Iowa Challenge – $20,000!
When 100 Iowa residents participate in Hoo-Rah Day with a gift of ANY size, $20,000 will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by: Dave & Mary Barnes; Steve De Cook ’65; Mark ’80 & Lori Kooiker Ellingson ’82 and Phil ’61 & Berta Van Ekeren ’16H.
100 / 100 Donors
Double Dutch Challenge – $5,000!
Central couple Bob ’56 and Arlys Van Zee Verdoorn ’56 love Central College. That’s why they are challenging other Central couples to give back this #HooRahDay! When 25 Central couples donate, a $5,000 gift will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
25 / 25 Donors
Instagram Challenge
Share a photo of your favorite Central memory or of you rocking your Central gear today. 10 story tags unlocks $2,500 for student scholarships!
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