Enrich the Arts, Culture, and the Human Experience

Enrich the Arts, Culture, and the Human Experience

The arts and humanities are indispensable to who we are as a society. They inspire beauty, kindle new ideas, reveal new truths, and bind us together.


As the stewards of the human story, the arts and humanities at the University of Utah are as abundant, dynamic, and diverse as they are accessible.

Students pursue their passions in art, music, dance, film and media arts, and theatre — in the classroom, in performance, and on exhibit.   And our community experiences world-class art, exhibits, and performances at our museums and cultural venues.

The humanities thrive at the U.  Students are taught to think creatively and critically, to reason, to ask questions — all to gain a better understanding of our world, past and present.

With this campaign we will continue to raise the arts and humanities to new heights.

We will lift up education not just as a passport to success — even as we prepare our students for satisfying careers — but also as a pathway to knowledge, inspiration, and insight.

Here’s How You Can Help

The following sampling of campaign priorities will enrich the arts, culture, and the human experience.

  • Create learning and performance spaces for students in the arts, both to enrich their educational experience and to share their work with the community.
  • Establish an endowed professorship or chair in the arts and humanities to help recruit and retain talented faculty across a wide variety of disciplines.
  • Support our cultural venues and organizations, such as the J. Willard Marriott Library, Kingsbury Hall, KUED, KUER, Natural History Museum of Utah, Pioneer Theatre Company, Red Butte Garden, Tanner Dance, and Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Interdisciplinary research addressing Utah’s natural environment

U professors Jeff McCarthy and Luisa Whittaker-Brooks approach environmental research from different perspectives—literature and humanities and chemistry, respectively. Together, with their colleagues from other disciplines across campus, they are working to address some of the nation’s most pressing environmental concerns.