Raise UP! the Curtain!

The Campaign To Reopen Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

Uptown! is embarking on a $500,000 campaign to sustain our operations during the shutdown. With 72% of our annual budget coming from ticket sales and space rentals, we are facing a challenge to our financial well-being and incurring debt that will hamper our future success.

This ambitious, yet attainable goal, will ensure that our curtains will not only open again to inspire audiences, but will also bring us all together again.

Before the COVID-19 virus upended our circumstances - as it has for so many - and clouded our future, we welcomed over 35,000 people and sold over 100,000 tickets to more than 500 live performance events.

Now we are asking for your help in meeting the challenge that Uptown! faces.

Double the Impact of Your "Raise UP! the Curtain" Gift!
Uptown! is immensely proud to announce that local philanthropist Penny Wilson has pledged a $150,000 challenge gift.  Due to this generosity, donations to our campaign will now receive a 'Dollar for Dollar' match!
"Uptown! has been the missing cultural piece of downtown West Chester.
I am pleased to support its successful reopening." Penny Wilson

The monies raised will:

  • Mitigate accumulation of debt as we go without ticket and rental income at the theater for the foreseeable future;
  • Give us the capital to plan for and secure future performance bookings;
  • Reboot professional Broadway theatre in West Chester;
  • Purchase and install live streaming equipment to conduct current and future online performance opportunities;
  • Recharge education and outreach opportunities for students in the region;
  • Underwrite the cost of staging outdoor events, as a way to return live

Each of us, in our own way, contributes to the vibrancy of our community. We believe that Uptown! has – and will continue to give -- our community the opportunity to share, laugh, enjoy, learn and play -- together. Your contribution, through either an annual membership or one-time donation, will make a difference to our future – and help us to “Raise Up! the Curtain at Uptown!”

“ I cannot wait to walk through those doors with all of you again! In the meantime, please join me in supporting Uptown!”
Dianne Herrin
Mayor, West Chester