Mission & History

KCSA Mission Statement

​The Krannert Center Student Association (KCSA) unites the Center, campus, and community by celebrating the power of the arts to reflect and affect our increasingly diverse world. Our mission is to promote the arts through unique volunteer opportunities and special events for students at Krannert Center.


KCSA was formed in 1969 to serve the University of Illinois and Krannert Center, and it remains as one of the oldest registered student organizations on campus. In the course of our history, members have led many tours, ushered over 300 performances per year, and worked on backstage technical crews for numerous Krannert Center events and productions. KCSA has also produced a variety of special events, including Taste of the Arts (focusing on RSOs in the arts), Festival of Lights (a multi-cultural holiday celebration), and International Festival (aka iFest, a celebration of art from cultures around the world).

Currently, KCSA’s focus has shifted towards providing ushers for Krannert Center performances, and increasing members’ awareness and understanding of Krannert Center through tours, guest lectures, social events, and other activities. KCSA is always changing and looking for the next opportunity to support the arts and provide more ways to get students involved at Krannert Center.

Why Krannert Center?

Perhaps at this point you are wondering why you should spend your time at Krannert Center instead of somewhere else. Well, for one thing, the Center is ranked among the top five performing arts centers in the world, and it is the only one of the five affiliated with an educational institution. By getting involved with KCSA you have the chance to see these shows for free! Krannert Center has something for everyone—music, dance, theatre, or simply volunteering to benefit the community—we have it all. So come join us!