The Andrist Performing Arts Endowment

Created to Support Performing Arts and Downtown Music in Medora

free outdoor entertainment, within reach.

It is important to Medora that visitors are able to enjoy free outdoor entertainment during their time spent in Medora! Whether they sit down and enjoy a specialty performer, the patio set lineup, interactive kids show, or a living history presentation the Andrist Performing Arts Endowment enriches downtown Medora with a variety of shows and programs.


Not only does the Andrist Performing Arts Endowment sponsor music and living history, it also created the Andrist Stage located behind the Harold Schafer Heritage Center and Elaine’s Garden! This free stage features many talented artists each summer and welcomes people to a beautiful part of town!

established by john and elaine andrist.

The Andrist Performing Arts Endowment was created and initially funded by two very special people to Medora: John and Elaine Andrist.


Their legacy is one of generosity, character, and kindness—and it will help us connect kids and families to delightful, free entertainment for generations to come.


Watch this video to learn more about the life and legacy of the family responsible for this endowment.

Made Possible By Your Support

These donors have contributed at least $25,000 to this endowment


Created and initially funded by 
John (dec.) & Elaine (dec.) Andrist

Joyce & John (dec.) Krabseth

Bill & Sandy Altringer

Doris Slaaten (dec.)

Contribute to the Andrist Performing Arts Endowment.

Performing arts in Medora are such a large part of what adds to our presentations of history and entertainment. Your support goes a long way in making it happen.


If you’d like to make a contribution to the Andrist Performing Arts Endowment, you can easily click the online contribute button below.