Arts & Culture on Campus
HBCUs have nurtured and produced some of the most prolific artists, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs of our time. As a nation, we are close to reaching a collective understanding that all students benefit from the opportunity to learn about and experience the arts. Study of the arts in its many forms—whether as a stand-alone subject or integrated into the school curriculum— is increasingly accepted as an essential part of achieving success in school, work and life.
In 2014, The HBCU Foundation embarked on a very personal mission to re-invigorate our HBCU campuses with engaging, thought-provoking, emotionally and intellectually-stimulating programs, featuring renown lecturers, scholars, artists, actors and forward-thinkers. Another component of our effort is to raise funding for the commission and installation of new artworks by renown artists on our 105 HBCU campuses. With your support, we will reach and enrich the campuses of as many HBCUs as possible.
SOURCE: “New Harris Poll Reveals That 93% of Americans Believe That the Arts Are Vital to Providing a Well- Rounded Education,” www.artsusa.org.
Yet, at the same time we celebrate the arts for the value they add to learning and to life, study of the arts is quietly disappearing from our schools. In schools across the country, opportunities for students to participate in high-quality arts instruction and activities are diminishing, the result of shifting priorities and budget cuts. A great percentage of HBCU students come from these particularly disadvantaged backgrounds. Studies show that children from low-income families are less likely to be consistently involved in arts activities or instruction than children from high-income families. Unfortunately, poor, inner-city and rural schools bear a disproportionate share of the losses.
Your donations and on-going support will help to ensure that students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities get access to vibrant, enriching programs, laying the foundation for a well-rounded life to include an appreciation for the arts and the arts value to our lives.