Welcome to KDCAH!

Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora via her choreography. Her famous dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures.

Miss. Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother and so much more.

The world needs to know about her wonderful life story and there’s no better learning environment than the Museum and Centers for Arts and Humanities she created.

Please take a global journey through this website and find out more about Miss Dunham’s legacy, Museum, Dance Technique, Dance Seminar, Children’s Workshop, and Membership/Giving Opportunities.

Thank you for visiting our website and we invite you back again and again.

Her legacy continues...

Facility Rental

The Katherine Dunham Centers is available to host your special event. The facilities available include meeting rooms, viewing galleries, and other spaces in the Children’s Workshop, the Dynamic Museum; the African Village and coming in the future the Dunham Gardens.


Rental Spaces and Fees


Children’s Workshop

1st Floor Studio, 825 sq. feet, $60.00 per hour

  • Auditorium/Lecture –Seat capacity 60

  • Banquet/Dinner

  • Seat capacity 40

  • Reception

  • Capacity 75

  • Reception w/Dance Area-Capacity 50

2nd Floor Studio

2nd Floor Studio, 1075 Sq. feet, $75.00 per hour

  • Auditorium/Lecture-Seat Capacity 75

  • Banquet/Dinner-Seat capacity 50

  • Reception-Capacity 100

  • Reception w/Dance Area-Capacity 75


Entire Dynamic Museum

5000 sq. ft. $500.00 per hour: Includes all reception, gallery and conference spaces-Capacity 100

First Floor

Room | Cost Per Hour | Capacity

Haitian Gallery 425 sq. ft. - $60 - 28

Dynamic Art Gallery 985 sq. ft - $75 - 60

Music Gallery 390 sq. ft. - $60 - 20

Entrance Lobby 390 sq. ft. - $60 - 25




Second Floor

Room | Cost Per Hour | Capacity

Poster Gallery 700 sq. ft. - $100 - 50

Dunham Art Room 245 sq. ft. - $30 - 15+

Library/AV Room 245 sq. ft. - $30 - 15

Conference Room 350 sq. ft. - $50 - 20

Entire African Village

$300.00 per hour (Seating Capacity 250-300)

Outdoor Stage $75.00 per hour

Individual Village Huts $25.00 per hour

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Fees include pre-event planning assistance, on-site management by facility staff, assistance with event set up and clean up, and security. Catering and equipment rental can be obtained for an additional fee. Private Museum tours are included in the fee for each event. ARTWORK AND EXHIBITS THROUGHOUT THE MUSEUM MAY NOT BE REMOVED FOR ANY REASON.

Photos by Steve Buhman, SIUC Photocommunications