Chandler Center for the Arts Awarded Thunderbird Charities Grant

Feb. 5, 2019
Theater Kids at Chandler Center for the Arts
Funds to support arts programs for youth

Recently, Chandler Center for the Arts was awarded a $5,000 grant from Thunderbird Charities to support its Connecting Kids program.

Connecting Kids serves more than 5,400 young people, ages six to seventeen, every year with performing and visual arts experiences. Half of the students reached through Theatre Kids programming are low-income youth who qualify for Title I support.

“We are so honored to have received this grant. It is so much more than just a check,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, General Manager at Chandler Center for the Arts. “This is a young person being immersed in Shakespeare with the Utah Shakespeare Festival actors or a child inspired to create a work of art through the instruction of a teaching artist.”

“Providing these artistic expression and learning opportunities to our youth is something we’re very proud of,” said President of Thunderbirds Charities Carlos Sugich. “We’re happy to be part of Chandler Center for the Arts Connecting Kids program.”

The grant was awarded to the Chandler Center for the Arts through an application submitted by the Chandler Cultural Foundation, a nonprofit organization contracted by the City of Chandler to program and raise funds for the Chandler Center for the Arts.


  • About the Chandler Center for the Arts
    The Chandler Center for the Arts is an engaging, welcoming, innovative space serving a diverse community. Located in the vibrant center of Downtown Chandler, it is a continually evolving location for all of us – using creativity and inspiration to bring people together. Chandler Center for the Arts, along with Vision Gallery, are places that connect people to their families, friends, cultural identity, others and themselves. For more information about programs, performances and exhibitions, go to

  • Thunderbirds Charities
    Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.