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 link – – with #HoorahDay and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration. Thank you and Go Dutch!

Donor Challenge! Can we reach 400 donors to unlock $50,000?
Each time we reach 80 donors, 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! Show us your Dutch spirit by sharing this page with your Central friends! This challenge is sponsored by: Don '70 & Jan Dykstra Logan '69, Bev De Cook Brand '67, Jim '10H & Eunice Vander Zyl Van Tuyl '68, John '87 & Julie Pothoven Fisher '90, Jeff Oliver '79, Tom De Vries '73, Andrea Joyce Kuslits & Harry Smith '73 and anonymous donors.
400 / 400 Gifts
Iowa Challenge – $20,000!
When 150 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: Milly & Hank Vande Kieft '53, Joe '99 & Kerry Maynard Vande Kieft '99, Wendy & Nick Richtsmeier '01 and Marlena Wichhart.
150 / 150 Donors
Inspired by Faculty Challenge – $10,000!
Was your gift inspired by an outstanding faculty member (past or present) who nurtured or expanded your personal learning at Central? Alumni provide a wealth of "gee wiz" stories of one or more professors that defined their Central experience by their personal dedication and extraordinary acts of kindness. Faculty are one of Central's great resources and embody the spirit of the College. To honor these individuals, when 25 gifts are made in honor of a faculty member, a special, generous donation will be unlocked! This added donation is sponsored by Mary Worstell ’73, in appreciation of her wonderful Central College professors, on campus and abroad, some with whom she has enjoyed lifelong friendships.
25 / 25 Donors
Instagram Challenge
Share a photo of your favorite Central memory or of you rocking your Central gear today. 15 story tags unlocks $5,000 for student scholarships! Thank you to Deanna Ver Steeg ’94 & Joseph Timmins!
Class Participation Challenge - $15,000!
Congratulations this challenge has been met and $15,000 has been unlocked for the Journey Scholarship!
What is your class year?
Rank Answer Donors
1 1970 12
2 2001 12
3 1973 10
4 1994 8
5 1996 8
6 1969 8
7 1991 8
8 2013 8
9 1961 7
10 1971 7
11 1987 6
12 2005 6
13 2006 6
14 2020 6
15 1981 6
Double Dutch Challenge – $5,000!
Central couple Dave '86 & Kristi Jaarsma Balk '88 love Central. That’s why they are challenging other Central couples to give back this #HooRahDay! When 30 Central couples donate, a $5,000 gift will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
30 / 30 Donors
Parents Challenge - $5,000!
Central parents are some of the most loyal people we know. When 30 Central parents, current or past donate, a $5,000 challenge will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by current parents Steve and Kara Kohler Hoogensen '96.
30 / 30 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 10 comments with a Central memory or photo, $5,000 will be unlocked for student scholarships! Thank you Bill & Chris Epperly Ieuter '91!
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