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Our Mission

The mission of Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University is to present an innovative, unique, entertaining, and diverse program of exceptional performances and museum exhibitions and thus:

  1. Enhance the educational experience at the University for all students and to provide a professional laboratory to train students in the arts
  2. Foster artistic excellence and creativity
  3. Connect Pepperdine University and the richly varied communities of Los Angeles and surrounding communities


Patrons Served

31,831 patrons served in 2019–2020*

3,104 artists, technicians, and onstage participants

25,047 attendees to performances in Smothers Theatre, Lindhurst Theatre, and Raitt Recital Hall

6,774 attendees to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

6,140 Pepperdine University students attending performances, exhibitions, and master classes

4,931 ARTSReach performance attendees

$1,500 worth of tickets donated to 64 deserving nonprofit organizations benefiting arts, education, the local community, and various friends of Pepperdine

904 zip codes served

Read our Year in Review for 2019–2020



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