The Mann Center's Mission
The Mann Center presents diverse, world-class entertainment in a beautiful park setting at affordable prices. As a nonprofit organization, we operate with the help of ticket sales, grant monies, corporate support, and donations from friends and patrons like you. "Giving back" to the community is part of our mission. That’s why we offer a host of outreach opportunities as a FREE service to under-served audiences through our Access the Arts Program. Access the Arts includes complimentary tickets for nonprofit groups, our Young People’s Concert Series, and more.
The Mann Center's History
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts was founded in 1935 under the name Robin Hood Dell Concerts, as the summer venue for the concert presentations of the world famous Philadelphia Orchestra. The Center moved into its present outdoor facility in 1976, and subsequently was designated the Mann Music Center. In 1978, the facility was renamed "Mann Center for the Performing Arts" in honor of Frederic R. Mann, a Philadelphia businessman who supported the cause of summer musical performances in Fairmount Park as well as to reflect the Center’s plans to broaden its role in service to the overall community and the region’s other performing arts organizations. Read more...