Exposing kids to the arts is key for providing them with a wide variety of life experiences. Susan Henderson Exposing kids to the arts is key for providing them with a wide variety of life experiences. Susan Henderson Being Friends provides us with even more opportunities to engage with the artists and with other Friends who share our interests. Nancy Biles and Erik Lundquist We support the arts because we feel it has enriched our lives. Theatre, music and dance are such an integral part of our social activities. Steve and Debra Butland, Owners of Paisano's Ristorante The Lied Center provides a significant cultural element to the special quality of life we enjoy in Lawrence. Pete and Virginia Curran We feel our support of the arts is an essential part of being a true hometown bank and recognize the role the Lied Center has in making Lawrence a great place to live. Ted Haggart, President of Douglas County Bank By supporting the Lied Center, we are helping to ensure our special family experiences will continue. Devon Kim We are proud to be a VIP Sponsor because of the Lied Center's programs for Douglas County youth, which teach children how the arts connect to their everyday lives. Larissa Long, External Affairs Manager, Black Hills Energy The Lied Center adds so much value to the Lawrence community and the entire state of Kansas. The arts open and develop the minds and imaginations of both young and old alike. Steve Cardwell and Debbie Walker, Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community

Business Opportunities

By becoming a Friend of the Lied, your business can help bring the highest quality performances and meaningful education and community outreach programs to Lawrence. An investment in the Lied Center can also enhance your community exposure, client entertainment opportunities and a variety of marketing opportunities.

Did You Know?

Friends of the Lied:

  •    • Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  •    • Donations start at $100

  All gifts to the Friends of the Lied are tax-deductible, and business donations start at just $100. To maximize the value to your business, join the Friends of the Lied today!

As your contribution increases, so does your engagement.
*Each level includes the opportunities preceding it.

  • Contributor ($100+)
  • • Recognition in Lied Center programs
  • • 10% discount on four tickets (up to 3 Lied Center Presents performances)
  • • Advance ticket purchase
  • • Access to the Friends window at the Ticket Office
  • • Lied Center Performance News e-mails and information exclusively for Friends
  • • Invitations to Friends-only events, such as pre-performance dinners, receptions and the annual dinner
  • • Free ticket exchange (two or more weeks before the event)
  • Sponsor* ($250+)
  • • 15% discount on four tickets (up to 3 Lied Center Presents performances)
  • • Priority seating
  • • Invitations to master classes and rehearsals
  • • Opportunity to offer special promotions in Lied Center Performance News e-mails
  • Patron* ($500+)
  • • 15% discount on six tickets (up to 3 Lied Center Presents performances)
  • • High priority seating
  • • Invitations to private artist receptions
  • • Intermezzo – complimentary refreshments during intermission at Lied Center Presents events
  • • 50% discount on the use of the Lied Center's meeting and reception spaces (some restrictions apply)
  • • Free ticket exchange anytime
  • Benefactor* ($1,000+)
  • • Recognition and link placement on the Lied Center website
  • • 20% discount on six tickets (up to 3 Lied Center Presents performances)
  • • Higher priority seating
  • • Reserved parking for Lied Center events
  • • Free use of the Lied Center's meeting and reception spaces (once per season, some restrictions apply)
  • Fellow* ($2,500)
  • • 20% discount on eight tickets
  • • Highest priority seating
  • • Program recognition at a Friends-sponsored event

Additional marketing opportunities are available to donors who would like to sponsor an event. For details, contact the Lied Center at 785-864-2788.

Become a Friend

Donate Online

Phone: 785-864-2787


Become a VIP Sponsor
See our current business Friends


Are you an employer who matches contributions?
Call 785-864-2788 for details.


More Information
Contact Sue Mango
Development Director
smango@ku.edu
or 785-864-2788


Friends of the Lied Brochure



There is no better indicator of the spiritual health of our city, its neighborhoods, and the larger region than the state of the arts. The arts deepen our understanding of the human spirit, extend our capacity to comprehend the lives of others, allows us to imagine a more just and humane world. Through their diversity of feeling, their variety of form, their multiplicity of inspiration, the arts make our culture richer and more reflective.

Jonathan Fanton
President of the MacArthur Foundation