Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) is a premier venue providing the community with unprecedented access to arts and entertainment, and a unique destination for weddings and corporate gatherings. Named for a woman with a classic style and an affinity for her community, this vital amenity is the cornerstone of the Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
A former Masonic Temple renovated and expanded in 2013 includes a new two-level art gallery that gives a nod to an exciting future and is the perfect backdrop for high-profile art exhibits. THELMA is an impressive feature in the heart of the city’s downtown with majestic pillars, a grand staircase, and the perfect blend of the historic and the modern. You will want to visit again and again whether it’s relaxing on the spacious outdoor plaza, watching a film, listening to an intimate concert in The Great Hall or attending a major concert in the street.
1906 -- The Masonic Temple is built on the corner of Sheboygan and Marr Streets.
1994 -- With the help of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board, Fond du Lac became one of 40 Wisconsin cities to establish a community arts agency -- The Fond du Lac Arts Council.
1995 -- The Fond du Lac Arts Council purchases the former Masonic Temple for office space as well as a community arts center.
2000 -- Following a successful capital campaign and renovation, The Fond du Lac Arts Center was renamed Windhover Center for the Arts to honor the generosity of Harry Quadracci and Quad Graphics charitable arm, The Windhover Foundation.
2000-2012 -- Known as "your home for the arts" in Fond du Lac, Windhover Center hosted over 200 events a year. Favorite programming included: Windhover Wednesday, Big Band Tuesdays, Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, Fond du Lac Children's Chorale, and Searl Pickett Classical Music Series.
2007 -- Windhover Center welcomed a new community organization, the Fond du lac Children's Museum, to its first floor where families and children of all ages were inspired to creatively learn and play.
2012 - Thanks to the generosity of the Sadoff Family Foundation, the downtown arts center undergoes a dramatic expansion transforming the facility into a major regional arts destination.
2013 – Reflecting the expansion downtown the entire organization becomes known as Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Inc.