Missouri Western State University Foundation

Arts Society

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At Missouri Western State University the arts are an essential part of the University’s mission, with an important role in the academic curriculum, extra-curricular life of students, overall development of all students, and contribution to the general quality of life in the regional community.

Arts Society Goals

The goals of the Arts Society are to provide funding for invaluable learning opportunities, such as:

  • Sponsoring visiting artists and Master Classes
  • Supporting programs to allow students to show case their talents to our community
  • Purchasing specialized equipment to learn technical skills in their artistic field
  • Providing opportunities to attend performances, exhibits and other off-campus activities that enhance the student learning experience

Your membership allows our faculty to provide students with enhanced learning experiences beyond the classroom setting. This helps prepare them for a post-graduation career or continuation on to a Master’s degree.

Arts Society members also aim to encourage attendance at performances and exhibitions. They also promote the excellent reputation of the University’s arts programs. With your membership and donations, you play a vital role in continuing the success of both our arts students and arts programs.

Since its beginning, the Arts Society, through memberships, has provided over $75,000 in funding to support faculty projects and equipment which directly impact education and training of our students.

Member Benefits

As an Arts Society member, you get many benefits beyond the knowledge that you are helping our students grow and hone their artistic talents.

  • You will be one of the first to hear production announcements and exclusive news from the School of Fine Arts.
  • Your name will be listed on the playbills for Missouri Western threatre productions during the theatre season.
  • You will be invited to the Arts Society Annual Meeting, a members-only event.
  • You will receive an invitation to the annual Foundation Appreciation Reception held each spring.
  • You will be able to purchase exclusive packages for Arts Society trips to attend out-of-town Broadway productions. These trips include a meal, transportation and discounted production tickets!
  • Your name will be listed in the Missouri Western Foundation’s Annual Report.

Levels of Memberships

  • Medici Circle (gift of  $1,000 or more) – named in honor of the Italian Medici family, financiers of Renaissance artists
  • Beethoven Circle (gift of $500 to $999) – named in honor of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827
  • da Vinci Circle (gift of $250 to $499) – named in honor of the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519
  • Shakespeare Circle (gift of $100 to $249) – named in honor of the English playwright William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

* A portion of the funds collected will be utilized to support the functions and activities that promote the Missouri Western Arts Society membership.  

Become a Member

Joining the Arts Society expresses your commitment to give at the same level each year. It is NOT a pledge and can be discontinued at any time. Members receive a membership reminder once a year. Enroll now.

Faculty Can Apply for Funding

The mission of the Arts Society is to support and enhance the development of the arts at Missouri Western State University. Funds generated by the Society and its members will be used to promote the arts at the University through a faculty grant process. If you are a faculty member who has a project that promotes the arts at Missouri Western, please first review the 2017-2018 Guidelines. If you feel your project meets the funding guidelines, please apply using the 2017-2018 2017-2018 Application.

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