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Our Story

Vision Statement

Transforming lives daily through the arts.

World View

The Kimmel Center Inc. believes that the arts build strong communities and are essential to enhance the human experience.

Mission Statement

The Kimmel Center Inc. engages the region’s diverse communities in art through performance and education. Our cultural campus serves as an inclusive and preeminent place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of the Philadelphia region. 

The principal means by which The Kimmel Center achieves its mission include:

  • People: Cultivate a creative, inclusive, socially-responsible community where artists, guests, staff, donors, and volunteers share experiences that are delivered with pride and integrity.
  • Exceptional Experiences: Collaborate, present, and produce to ensure a broad range of relevant and meaningful performances, events, and artistic programs, including support to artists in the creation of new work for the Center that serves the region’s audiences.
  • Arts Education: Educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences and multi-year opportunities to see, make, and understand the performing arts both on-campus and in communities.
  • The Cultural Campus: Operate venues and nurture assets that deliver diverse and vital arts experiences, are a proud home to its Resident Companies, and are active gathering spaces for social and community events.  These venues include the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater.

Diversity Statement:
The diversity of our region is our strength and KCI is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive cultural campus that reflects our commitment to an environment where everyone feels welcome and valued onstage and off.

History

Kimmel Center, Inc. began to take shape in 1996 when two projects came together: The Philadelphia Orchestra's ongoing plan to build a new home for itself, and a plan of then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell to provide a much-needed venue for some of Philadelphia's most prominent performing arts companies and for touring presentations. With the generous consent of the Orchestra, which had acquired a property at Broad and Spruce Streets, the two plans were merged under the supervision and management of a new organization, the Regional Performing Arts Center (RPAC).

Today Kimmel Center, Inc. incorporates public amenities and operates three major venues:

  • The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to Verizon Hall (2,500-seat concert hall), Perelman Theater (650-seat recital theater), and SEI Innovation Studio – a 2,688 sq. foot black box theater,
  • A renovated and upgraded Academy of Music (2,900 seats), which is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra,
  • And the Merriam Theater (1,841 seats).

Resident Companies

Kimmel Center, Inc.'s facilities host eight resident companies: Verizon Hall is home to The Philadelphia Orchestra and to The Philly Pops®. Perelman Theater is home to PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music - The Academy of Music is home to the Opera Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet.