As a VENUE: Host an event…

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is a cultural mecca spread over 80 acres. Our beautiful buildings and picturesque property create the perfect setting for all types of events. Four different venues offer different style and sizing capacities, and our friendly events team helps ensure your event comes to life just the way you imagine. Cedarhurst celebrates the arts year-round with exciting visual and performing arts programs for the public. The stunning architecture and grounds, including Cedarhurst Sculpture Park, make Cedarhurst Center for the Arts a unique and exciting backdrop for any occasion. Our recent expansion added a 3450 sq. ft. Performance/ Special Events Hall and a full commercial kitchen to the Mitchell Museum building. Through partnerships with our approved caterers, we offer a variety of cuisine, styles, services and price ranges to fulfill your every need for a truly special event.

  • WORK WEEK RENTALS: Cedarhurst strives to be a partner to regional businesses and support community development. Museum facilities have hosted * Training seminars * Community luncheons * Company retreats, and even * Mid-sized conferences.
  • SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS: Planning a celebration? Whether it be a * Wedding * Shower * Banquet dinner, or * any Other event, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is the perfect location! Located less than 10 minutes from the intersection of I-57 and I-64, we are a convenient location for all guests.  Cedarhurst Center for the Arts raises the standard for unique venues in the southern Illinois. Our four event spaces are distinctive by design and can accommodate parties both large and small to fit your special occasion. All rentals include table and chair setup, sound systems and projector (where available), on-site parking, and on-site event coordinator.

Mitchell Museum: The Mitchell Museum’s classic marble columns create a stunning visual as you enter the Cedarhurst campus, and a contemporary expansion provides spacious areas and state-of-the-art amenities inside. Rental of the Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst includes the Grand Corridor with sky-high ceilings, Performance Hall featuring a full wall of windows, and a Back Patio area looking out into the sculpture park.
Accommodates events up to 400 people.

      • Performance Hall: 250 seated dinner / 400 cocktail reception
      • Grand Corridor: 100 seated dinner / 150 cocktail reception
      • Back Patio: 80 seated dinner / 125 cocktail reception
      • Board Room: 10 at conference table
      • Commercial Kitchen: 5 for meal prep
      • On-site parking
      • Wifi capabilities
      • Five art galleries
      • 80-acre sculpture park with walking trails
  • The Schweinfurth House: Tucked at the north end of the Cedarhurst Campus, this contemporary home is open and spacious. Visitors enter into a glass atrium with long, spacious rooms on either side, adorned with artwork. The dining room features a fireplace and glass doors that open to a deck and water feature. Separate living quarters create dressing areas or “back of the house” space during events. Surrounded by wooded areas, Schweinfurth House offers ample privacy. The space is intimate but also convenient, with wide doorways, multiple restroom facilities, and back yard with small stage, pond, and multiple sculptures within view.
    Accommodates events up to 150 people.
      • Indoors: 75 meeting /  80 seated dinner / 150 reception
      • Back Lawn: 150 reception-seated dinner / 250 cocktail reception
      • Table and chair setup – includes long tables (8ft), round tables (60in), and bistro tables (36in)
      • On-site parking for up to 32 vehicles
      • On-site Kitchen
      • Dressing areas
      • 1080 projector and 7-foot screens
      • Sound system
      • Wifi capabilities
      • Multiple restrooms
      • Outdoor area with pond and deck
      • 80-acre sculpture park with walking trails
  • Mitchell House: This historic home belonged to Cedarhurst founders John and Eleanor Mitchell, and their charm and style radiates throughout. Tall white columns create a stately impression as guests walk up to the front door and enter into an open foyer. Go left to enter the dining room or right to enter the open living areas complete with a stone-lined gas fireplace. Both areas open up to the spacious back patio and well-kept lawn, making this the perfect venue for indoor/outdoor events. An on-site kitchen with two refrigerators offers ample prep space for events and connects to an extra larger room that provides “back of the house” space for events.

Accommodates up to 300 people.

      • Indoors: 40 seated dinner / 75 cocktail reception
      • Back Patio: 50 seated dinner / 100 cocktail reception
      • Back Lawn: 160 seated dinner / 300 cocktail reception
      • Uniquely curated space with living room, dining room, and meeting seating
      • On-site parking
      • On-site kitchen
      • Wifi capabilities
      • Working gas fireplace
      • Outdoor patio, partially covered
  •  Sculpture Park: Referred to as the outdoor gallery at Cedarhurst, the 80-acre Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park at Cedarhurst features more than 60 large-scale sculpture. The park also boasts several walking trails, wooded areas, two ponds, and abundant wildlife.

          Accommodates events of all sizes.(There are several event sites within the park. From board retreats to company team-                  building, the campus offers ample space for all types of activity.)

      • Determined by event location
      • More than 60 large-scale sculptures on site
      • Walking trails
      • Ponds

Support Cedarhurst Center For the Arts… by simply booking your next special occasion here:

As a SHOP: Discover unique merchandise…


Cedarhurst is well known for its annual Art and Craft Fair held every September, and we look forward to hosting another opportunity for artists in southern Illinois to share their talents and sell their hand-made creations. Typically offered is a wide variety of treasures including unique * jewelry * ceramic * glass * wood, and * fiber art as well as * children’s books, and * gifts. * Art exhibition catalogs * art posters and cards * magnets, and * t-shirts allow you to take a piece of Cedarhurst home with you.

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Be a DONOR: Show that you care…


John and Eleanor Mitchell believed that art and knowledge benefited everyone. That’s why they established the Mitchell Foundation to build the Mitchell Museum and become a source of “education and enjoyment” from the arts. Fifty years and generations of donors later, Cedarhurst continues the tradition of making the arts available to all, enhancing the quality of life for people throughout southern Illinois. Your donations fuel innovation, inspiration and creativity for lifelong learners, and we are grateful for the contributions that come in many forms. And because Cedarhurst is a registered 501(c)3 organization, all donations are 100% tax deductible.


Cedarhurst sets Mt. Vernon apart from other small communities, but the organization only thrives with the support of people like you. Membership support helps Cedarhurst educate thousands of southern Illinois students with art lessons and live performance opportunities, and provides free opportunities for adults and families alike. Personal Membership levels include: Student * Individual * Family * Patron * Sponsor * Benefactor * Guarantor * Director’s * President’s * President’s * Chairman’s, and * Gift. As a “card-carrying” member of Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, at the $150 level and higher, you can enjoy free access to many museums across the country! It’s all part of the NARM (North American Reciprocal Museums) program, a partnership program in which Cedarhurst participates so that you can get more from your membership.

Corporate Membership: Companies can purchase corporate memberships to provide membership benefits to their employees and to support Cedarhurst in a more philanthropic way. At varying support levels, benefits of corporate membership may include: * Complimentary Bonan Permanent Collection Gallery admission for employees * Discounted rental fee for meeting or event use of Museum Space, and * Listing in Annual Report and other printed materials.


Cash payments can be made online through our website or donate directly on Cedarhurst’s Facebook Page.Checks can be made to either the ‘John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell Foundation’ or ‘Cedarhurst Center for the Arts’, and sent directly to Cedarhurst at mailing address:

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
P.O. Box 923
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


Cedarhurst receives grant funding from various arts agencies, foundations, charitable trusts, and government entities.

If you are associated with a grant making organization, or know of grants for which Cedarhurst might be eligible, please contact our Executive Director.


The Museum accepts gifts of stock, annuities, IRA distributions, real estate, and other assets. Contact our Chief Financial Officer for more information.

  • Annual Program Fund: Sponsorship of annual programs is a vital source of financial support for Cedarhurst and a visible demonstration of your commitment to enriching the lives of people throughout southern Illinois. From exhibitions and concerts to school programs and special events, Cedarhurst offers a diverse range of opportunities and giving levels.
  • Legacy Gifts: One of the most important things you can do for yourself and those you care about is to plan your legacy thoughtfully. No matter your net worth, a current will and other estate planning documents are key to providing security for you and your family’s future. Making a legacy gift in your will, also referred to as a “bequest,” is a simple way to make a gift to the Museum that has lasting impact. Bequests to the Museum in the form of cash, securities, and real estate or property are a significant source of support for Cedarhurst. Making a legacy gift is easy: you can designate a specific dollar amount, a particular asset, a fixed percentage of your entire estate, or leave your residuary estate after providing for your loved ones. And while unrestricted gifts allow the Museum to allocate funds to the areas of greatest need, your bequest can support a specific Museum program or collection. Cedarhurst donors have earmarked their legacy contributions to benefit a specific Friends Fund, secure a Naming Opportunity, etc.
  • Major Gifts: During Cedarhurst’s 40-year history many individuals and families have made gifts of personal significance that have helped sustain the museum. Gifts at the Major Gift level demonstrate how personal wealth and a civic-minded spirit, can preserve the most beautiful sentiments of the humanity of the past. There are several ways to give major gifts: *  Building Fund * Friends Endowment Funds * Special Projects or * Unrestricted Gifts.
  • Corporate Support: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts offers a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities, including exhibitions, programs, and events, that enable your company to reach targeted segments of the Museum’s audience, as well as your own constituency. We will work with your company to create an integrated sponsorship package tailored to your business objectives. In addition to meeting your corporate goals, you will be supporting programs at the Museum that serve tens of thousands of adult and youth visitors each year. At varying support levels, benefits of corporate sponsorship may include: * Prominent logo or name display on selected program advertising * Discounted rental fee for meeting or event use of Museum space * Listing in Annual Report and other printed materials, and * Complimentary museum or event admission for employees.
  • Retail Rewards: AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to your favorite charity when you shop. Kroger Community Rewards Program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

Volunteer: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts has a diverse volunteer group. These individuals provide a valuable service by offering their time and talent to support, strengthen and enhance our mission. Duties and time commitment vary according to Museum/ program needs.

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Cedarhurst Center For the Arts, 2600 E Richview Rd, Mt Vernon, IL 62864, USA

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