What's it worth to you?
To provide a student with a new instrument?
To afford a student the opportunity to travel abroad?
To give support for a student’s voice lesson?
To cover the cost of costume materials for a mainstage production?
Thanks to support from alumni and friends like you, students of the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts are getting opportunities that will change their lives forever. Whether their passion is theatre, music, art or dance, our goal is to provide each of our students with life-changing, educational experiences they will never forget.
If impact on the life of a WVU student is what you’re seeking, look no further, because every dollar you donate to the College of Creative Arts directly helps a student. Here are a few examples of how donors have positively impacted students, and made a real difference with their support:
The School of Music continues to expand through community outreach opportunities. Thanks to donor support, DreamCatchers, a new project in the Music Therapy program, is bringing together children and families for a musical theatre experience. This program provides children ages 5-18 with and without disabilities the opportunity to learn interactive skills through song and dance.
There are currently 15 Music Therapy students who volunteer with DreamCatchers. Our students are able to take this weekly, interactive experience into their own clinical work. Learning to empower clients and families is a critical skill for the professional music therapist.
The WVU Wind Symphony is heading to Carnegie Hall! The Wind Symphony has been invited to perform as a featured Showcase Ensemble for the 2018 New York Wind Band Festival on March 6, at the world-famous Carnegie Hall. While in NYC, students will also connect and network with area alumni, rounding out their experience in the Big Apple, all made possible thanks to donor support.
This year, the Art Museum of WVU featured the work of Shepard Fairey, a contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing in the “Work Against the Clampdown” exhibit. Fairey used mash-ups of 1930s WPA posters, 1950s American advertising and Cold War Soviet propaganda posters with bold color combinations and strong compositions to disseminate his messages. Thanks to donor support, students from across the state visit the Museum … for free!
Students of the School of Art and Design have been able to travel and experience art created by world-renowned artists, thanks to the support of donors. In October, Art History Professor Dr. Bernie Schultz led a group of art students on a museum research trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dr. Schultz will retire this fall – and he will truly be missed!
The School of Theatre and Dance recently collaborated with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Together they presented a danced lecture on Einstein’s theory of general relativity, black holes and one of Einstein’s last predictions: the existence of gravitational waves.
Directed by guest director Jade King Carroll, students performed “Topdog/Underdog” by Suzan-Lori Parks, a historic piece that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002. It provides a peek into the life of two competitive African American brothers who were orphaned as children. Carroll is a noted director who has worked in theatres all over the country. According to Carroll, working with WVU students has been the highlight of her residency. “It feels like a necessary and relevant story to tell right now and with these students,” she said.
As you can see, we are passionate about giving our students the best educational experiences possible. Your gift of $1,000, $500, $100 or more will enable our students to continue to go first. Make a gift online today to the WVU College of Creative Arts. If you have any questions, contact the Development Office at 304-293-4331. Thank you again for your dedication to the WVU College of Creative Arts!
Dr. Keith Jackson
Philip J. Faini/Falbo Family Dean