Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration
Crimi Auditorium — named for Aurora College President James E. Crimi, AC ’38 (1962–1973), and his wife, Pauline, AC ’42 — can accommodate approximately 500 guests. The auditorium is used for cultural events, political debates, musical performances, guest lectures and convocations. In 2010, the Opus 119 pipe organ was installed, heralding the importance of the arts at AU.
Perry Theatre in the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Center for Cultural Enrichment
Built in 1978, Perry Theatre was renovated in 2006 through a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The building, with its impressive, multi-arched façade and spacious lobby, includes a state-of-the-art stage with impressive lighting and sound systems. The theatre can accommodate an audience of 200 and provides an intimate setting for community-wide dialogues, forums and symposia designed to address the arts, human services, education and business.
The Schingoethe Center is named for the late Herb and Martha Schingoethe, and houses their vast collection of Native American artifacts, many of which are on display. The center’s gallery showcases the work of professional and student artists during several exhibitions throughout the year.
Tapper Recital Hall in the Schingoethe Center
Tapper Recital Hall is an intimate theater space that includes state-of-the-art audio visual components. It is commonly used for lectures and recitals. The space is named after Ethel W. Tapper, a teacher and dedicated mentor who shared her life with students, faculty, and staff at Aurora College for over three and a half decades.