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

Very Important Partner (VIP) Sponsor

VIP Sponsors make a significant donation to the Lied Center because they recognize the importance of the performing arts to our community. VIP Sponsors not only have the satisfaction of supporting the arts, they enjoy a value of more than $40,000 in marketing opportunities.

Did You Know?

Supporting the arts can help with employee retention and satisfaction.
Employees whose companies support social issues are 40% more likely to say they are proud of their company's values, and nearly 25% are more likely to be loyal to their employers than those whose companies do not.

Becoming a VIP Sponsor can help your business grow.
A study by Cone, L.L.C. indicated that 87% of Americans surveyed said they would switch from one brand to another, price and quality being about equal, if the other brand is associated with a good cause.

VIP Sponsor Opportunities

Marketing value:

  • • Recognition on the Lied Center’s electronic sign at 15th and Iowa
  • • Recognition in Lied Center Presents programs, including a full page color advertisement
  • • Recognition in advertising for the event and in the performance program
  • • Recognition on stage before the performance
  • • Recognition (logo) on performance tickets

Additional performance-related opportunities may include the following:

  • • 20% discount on Lied Center Presents performances all season
  • • Complimentary tickets and reserved parking during the performance
  • • A private reception for up to 30 guests in conjunction with the performance

VIP Sponsors Enrich Our Community

VIP Sponsors play an important role in civic engagement. Supporting the arts leads to:

  • • A richer community
    "There is no better indicator of the spiritual health of our city, its neighborhoods, and the larger region than the state of the arts. 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
  • • A positive school environment
    Studies show that students who experience the arts enjoy more success in reading, language, mathematics, thinking skills, social skills and are more motivated to learn.
  • • Economic growth
    Studies show that access to the arts can aid communities in recruiting new residents and can bring revenue to the community.

Individual Opportunities
Business Opportunities

See our current VIPs


Become a VIP Sponsor

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