About the MAC
The mission of the McAninch Arts Center is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community.
To achieve this mission the McAninch Arts Center will:
Educate and develop both artists and audiences for the future through instructional, produced and presented programs;
Provide a cultural center, recognized and loyally supported by the community, in which people can participate in, interact with, and view all the arts; and
Create new audiences and sustain established audiences through a wide variety of programs ranging from the purely entertaining to the artistically challenging, designed to foster lifelong appreciation of the arts, sensitivity to cultural diversity, and the willingness to experience new artistry.
About the McAninch Arts Center
Since its opening in October 1986, the MAC has left lasting memories with more than 1.5 million audience members.
The MAC houses three theaters: the 793-seat Mainstage, where no seat is more than 16 rows, or 75 feet, from the stage; Theatre 2, a 195-seat hall featuring a "soft thrust" stage; and the Studio Theatre, a versatile, black-box performance space. Adjacent to the Mainstage lobby is the Gahlberg Gallery, a 90-by-25 foot space for visual art exhibition.
Planning for the MAC began in 1981. The final budget for the facility totaled $14.4 million, and was funded through public support and private contributions. The programs seen on stage are funded entirely through box office revenue, student activities fees, grants, endowments, donations and income generated through rentals, concession sales and program advertising.
In an average week the MAC hosts 5.1 public performances of 1.6 arts programs, 2.2 rental events, 10.25 rehearsals and one non-art college department use — or 2.5 scheduled events per day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Each season includes more than 200 performances of plays, concerts and lectures, as well as numerous art exhibits in both the Gahlberg Gallery and MAC lobby area.
Educational theater, music and dance programs, as well as rentals to community groups, complete the performance schedule.
"...the cultural center for greater DuPage County." — Daily Herald