Former Mayor Brooks remembered as a visionary and advocate of the Chandler Center for the Arts

Jan. 21, 2020
Former Mayor Jerry Brooks and Center for the Arts Manager Michelle Mac Lennan

A Celebration of Life service for former Chandler Mayor Jerry Brooks will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the Chandler Center for the Arts (CCA). Brooks, who served as mayor from 1984-1988, passed away on Jan. 14. For many people in the community, Brooks was more than a political figure, he was a visionary leader and committed advocate of the arts in his city. [pictured at left: Former Mayor Jerry Brooks and Center for the Arts General Manager Michelle Mac Lennan]

During his tenure in City Hall, Brooks was instrumental to the construction of the performing arts center. It was his vision to create a cultural facility in order to attract international high tech companies to the community and provide a higher quality of life for residents. The state-of-the-art, shared-use Center for the Arts was designed by Dr. Wendall Rossman and opened its doors in 1989. It serves the needs of Chandler Unified School District students during the week and provides world class entertainment to residents most weekends.

“Without the vision of Mayor Jerry Brooks, Chandler Center for the Arts might not be here,” says CCA General Manager Michelle Mac Lennan. “He was a vital advocate and supporter of arts and culture in our community. Mayor Brooks’ vision, leadership and passion will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.”

Brooks served as a Board Member Emeritus for the Chandler Cultural Foundation, the nonprofit organization which serves as the programming and fundraising entity of the CCA. The Jerry Brooks Legacy Society was established in 2011 by the Chandler Cultural Foundation in honor of his visionary leadership and dedication to the cultural life of Chandler. Those who are part of the Legacy Society have made the Chandler Cultural Foundation part of their planned giving arrangements, providing a lasting legacy of the arts for Chandler and its residents.

Chandler Center for the Arts and Chandler Cultural Foundation honored Brooks with the Applause Award in 2012, an honor given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the enrichment of our community life through appreciation and support of the arts. More recently Brooks was the chair of a committee that was working on long-range plans for the Center, leading efforts for a facility needs assessment and building scenarios for expanding the performing arts in the community.

 

  • 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 through performances and exhibitions. Chandler Center for the Arts is a place that connects people - to our families, our friends, our cultural identity, to others and to ourselves. For more information about programs, performances and exhibitions, go to Chandler Center for the Arts.

 

  • About the Jerry Brooks Legacy Society
    In honor of Jerry Brook's visionary leadership and dedication to the cultural life of Chandler, the Chandler Cultural Foundation established the Jerry Brooks Society.  Contributions to the Jerry Brooks Legacy Society are typically through planned giving, such as donations made through bequests, charitable trusts or through retirement plans.  These gifts provide a lasting foundation of support for the Chandler Center for the Arts, in keeping with Jerry's vision for a strong cultural center for Chandler and its residents. More information on the Legacy Society can be online at Chandler Center for the Arts.

  
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Craig Younger
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer
480-782-2701