Dear Patron,

What does it mean to be a cultural arts institution on the cusp of being 50 years old?  

 eta Creative Arts Foundation is one of only six African American owned and operated theatres in America. We remain committed to the development the next generation of African American artists, producers and playwrights. We continue to present original works of art for us, by us. We shared space in our 48th Season so two African American theatre companies could share our home.  Now comes the time for each and all to answer this question, “What does eta mean to us?”


I can report that eta is still “always different, always good!”


  • We are engaged in a campaign to expand and diversify our Board of Directors


  • We are hiring an Executive Director


  • We welcomed Congo Square Theatre Company Chicago and Pulse Theatre Company onto our stage for our 48th Season (Vagabond- Creating a Space and Making a Home”)


  • We are expanding our Arts Intensive Summer Arts Camp for youth at our facility


  • We are restructuring and expanding our arts training program with theater professionals


  • We are on point for our 50th Jubilee year to be all about the future of eta.


Since 1971, eta Creative Arts Foundation has valued building community. Looking back, we are thankful to the subscribers, audiences, auxiliaries, education committee members, volunteers, fundraising committee chairs, past board members, foundations, donors, civic and political leaders who supported us. Going forward, our success remains in our collective hands. In order for eta to thrive, we ask you to join the reunion now!  Your support honors eta yesterday, supports eta today and empowers eta tomorrow!


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