The Butler Arts Center has a unique role amongst University managed Performing Arts Centers. The BAC serves the Butler University, Indianapolis and larger Central Indiana communities and hosts over 250,000 patrons annually for a variety of presentations that provide shared experiences in the performing and visual arts.
Consolidating four arts venues on the campus of Butler University under one umbrella organization, The Butler Arts Center is anchored by Clowes Memorial Hall, which seats 2,123 and after 53 years remains Indiana’s most versatile and professional venue, having welcomed the world’s greatest talent and personalities—a star-studded list that includes Maya Angelou and Jimmy Fallon, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Itzhak Perlman, Wynton Marsalis and Sir Elton John.
The Schrott Center for the Arts, completed in 2013, adds a one-of-a-kind, student- and community-focused facility to the Butler Arts Center. At just 475 seats, but with a full-size proscenium stage, the venue is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally well-suited for music, dance, and theatre.