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Center for the Creative & Performing Arts

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Learning that enhances the full value of human experience and exploration is at the heart of a liberal arts education, and the capacity to engage with and participate in the creative arts is a key element of that experience. Establishing a Center for the Creative & Performing Arts provides a unique opportunity to extend the benefits of an arts education to all students while strengthening the arts on campus.

Strengthening the Creative Arts at Smith

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The center will coordinate scheduling, performance management, interdisciplinary programming and grant-making and will serve as an incubator of cross-campus, cross-disciplinary initiatives for the creative arts departments at Smith, which include art, dance, film and media studies, music and theatre. The director of the center will also provide leadership for the campus, seeding creative projects and growing internal and external audiences by establishing campus-wide exhibition and performance themes; commissioning faculty, student and interdisciplinary programming and curricula as well as original works; promoting performances and premieres; and creating a culture of participation in arts events on campus.

By centralizing and strengthening the presence of the creative arts on campus, we will increase the visibility of the arts at Smith and prepare women to bring a deep understanding of problem solving and the creative process to every aspect of their lives and leadership.


Philanthropic Opportunities

Philanthropic opportunities to support the Center for the Creative & Performing Arts include:

  • Endowing the Center (staff and programs): $10 million
  • Endowed Programming Fund: $250,000+
  • Endowed Internship Fund: $150,000+

The Jean and David W. Wallace Directorship has been funded.

Learn more about the giving opportunities: Center for the Creative & Performing Arts Brochure (PDF).

For opportunities to support programming and services at the library, contact:

Betsy Carpenter ’93
Associate Vice President of Development