Experience the Power of Art in Community — Donate Today for Summer 2024 Early Ticket Access!


I want to introduce myself as the 2024 Centrum board president and offer a very sincere thank you for being a part of creativity in community!

Over the 25 years my family has been in Port Townsend, we have amassed so many incredible Centrum memories—from “Free Friday” lawn concerts, to youth dance performances, to last year’s unforgettable 50th anniversary benefit with Grammy-winning jazz artist (and Centrum alum) Diana Krall. You no doubt have your own favorite memories—perhaps playing in a joyful multi-generational fiddle jam, volunteering for a chamber music event, or listening to soulful blues at a night in the clubs. It’s these special moments that illuminate our lives with the joy and creativity that we all need.

Centrum lights up our community and the world with the power of the arts like no other organization.

I am thrilled to see our talented faculty and staff gearing up for the 2024 season, and grateful every day to the supporters who make this possible. Quite simply, we can’t do it without you. I invite you to be the light by supporting the life-changing programs and enriching performances that bring so much culture and value to the community.

I’d also like to ask for your thoughts. This year, Centrum’s staff and board are undertaking a comprehensive strategic planning initiative. Key priorities include ensuring that our campus at Fort Worden State Park remains a viable home for the artists and audiences we serve, and maintaining a commitment to our music heritage programming, writers’ conferences, and visual arts residencies, while exploring new artistic avenues and new ways to reach people. We are eager to listen to our supporters, so if you’d like to share your views, please email development@centrum.org.

I hope to see you this year at Centrum. Thank you for your commitment to a world made brighter by creativity and the arts!

Renee Klein
2024 Board President


As a current donor of $50 or more, you’ll be afforded early-bird ticketing privileges to purchase seats for our 2024 benefit concert with Rhiannon Giddens—and all of Centrum’s other summer season performances!

Donors may purchase tickets between April 15-30, before they go on sale to the general public on May 1.

It’s supporters like you that make Centrum a place where creativity flourishes and lives are changed.

Each year, we strive to make a more vibrant and inclusive world by offering scholarships and fellowships and keeping tuition as affordable as possible for the artists of all ages who come to share their talents and passions with us. We count on the generosity of the community to be the light that keeps Centrum’s creative legacy shining for the next generation.



In 2023, Centrum celebrated 50 years of creativity in community. Thank you to everyone who made this milestone year so special!

32 states and 9 countries represented in Centrum’s student body and resident artists 

$118,534 provided in participant scholarships, 44% of which went to  youth under 18 

205 teaching artists and faculty made sure creativity flourished on Centrum’s campus 

1,071 audience members celebrated 50 years of creativity in community at our anniversary benefit concert with multi-platinum jazz artist and Centrum alum Diana Krall

$493,424 paid to faculty artists to pass tradition and creative legacies from one generation to the next in Centrum’s intergenerational workshops 

126 individual and group residencies gave artists precious time and space to further their work 

11,050 tickets sold to concerts and events with Centrum’s world-class performers 

Students ages 5-86 came to hone their craft in Centrum’s workshops and intensives 

306 Young Artist Project participants from 36 schools expressed themselves in hands-on interdisciplinary programs 

We invite you to help keep Centrum’s programs as vital and accessible as possible by making a gift of support. Together, we can create a place where anyone from anywhere can nurture their creativity in an environment that is supportive, challenging and uplifting.

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