The Addison Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization created to advance the arts. The ACA is an integral part of life in Addison and its surrounding communities. We are committed to providing a home for performing and visual arts. We are dedicated to creating quality art programs in order to provide self-exploration, skill development and aesthetic awareness. We strive to empower the creator, performer, audience member and consumer in order to enhance and enrich the world around us.
For many years, civic and cultural groups as well as involved citizens of Addison have recognized the need for a home for cultural arts and civic activities. In 1986, these groups joined together to form the Addison Cultural Arts Development Commission to fully explore the need and feasibility of building a cultural arts center in Addison.
With support from local and state agencies, like the Village of Addison and the Illinois Arts Council, the Commission was able to prepare the first stage of development of what would become the Addison Center for the Arts. In September 1994, the Center was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of advancing the arts as an integral part of life in Addison and its surrounding communities.
While working toward making the Addison Center for the Arts a physical reality, the Center partnered with numerous organizations, like the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fantasia Ballet Company of Russia and the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, to bring culturally diverse art programs to our ethnically diverse population.
In the fall of 2010, after a successful capital campaign and equally successful partnerships with the Village of Addison and School District 88, the Addison Center for the Arts opened the doors of its new home in Addison Trail High School. That home features an art gallery, a studio theater, a 1,200-seat auditorium and shared classrooms.
You can listen to 2016 President Emeritus Annette Leiber tell her story as it relates to the ACA.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of community members, educators and elected officials who realize the need for cultural enrichment in Addison. They work to raise funds for the facility, as well as support ongoing art, theater and cultural programs, which have been provided by the ACA for more than 20 years.
On the ACA’s 2016 Board of Directors are:
Irene Boutzarelos | President
Harry Theodore | Vice President
Sue Bortko | Secretary
Mark Turk | Treasurer
Annette Leiber | President Emeritus
Evelyn Berleman | Board Member
Susan Cargill | Board Member
Sandra Ganakos | Board Member
The ACA's Executive Director is Cherylyn Gnadt.