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

Individual Opportunities

Ticket sales provide less than 40% of the funds necessary to bring world-class artists to Lawrence. Your generous financial contribution is critical to the Lied Center and helps make our community a wonderful place to live.

Did You Know?

Friends of the Lied:

  •    • Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  •    • Donations start at $50.

  All gifts to the Friends of the Lied are tax-deductible, and individual donations start at just $50. Join the Friends of the Lied today!

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

  • Advocate ($50+)
  • • 10% discount on event packages
  • • Lied Center Performance News e-mails and information exclusive for Friends
  • • Access to the Friends window at the Ticket Office
  • • Recognition in Lied Center programs
  • • Advance ticket purchase
  • Contributor* ($100+)
  • • 10% discount on single-event tickets
  • • 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 event packages
  • • Priority seating
  • • Invitations to master classes and rehearsals
  • Patron* ($500+)
  • • 15% discount on single-event tickets
  • • High priority seating
  • • Invitations to private artist receptions
  • • Intermezzo – complimentary refreshments during intermission at Lied Center Presents events
  • • Free ticket exchange anytime
  • Benefactor* ($1,000+)
  • • 20% discount on event packages
  • • 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 single-event tickets
  • • Highest priority seating
  • • Program recognition at a Friends-sponsored event

Become a Friend

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Phone: 785-864-2787
KU Employees: Download payroll deduction form

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Call 785-864-2788 for more details.

More Information
Contact Sue Mango
Development Director
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