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.
Benefits of Membership
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 theatre 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
A portion of the funds collected will be utilized to support the functions and activities that promote the Missouri Western Arts Society membership.
DEPARTMENTS SUPPORTED BY THE ARTS SOCIETY
The Art Department offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photo Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics), Bachelor Fine arts in Graphic Design, Bachelor Fine Arts in Digital Animation, Bachelor of Science in Art Education, and Masters of Applied Arts in Integrated Media degrees. The department offers a minor in Art History. The gallery program, visiting artist program, and Artist Lecture Series provide opportunities for students and faculty to exhibit their work and to be exposed to the works and expertise of visiting artists.
Students may elect the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, the Bachelor of Music in Education degree with Vocal and/or Instrumental Certification, or the Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Business or Music Technology. Performers with advanced skills and talent may qualify for the Performance Emphasis curriculum. Minors in Music and Musical Theatre are also available. The Department offers students over twelve performance ensembles. Ensembles are open to students who are not majoring in Music, but have the talent to participate.
Theatre, Cinema & Dance
The Department of Theatre, Cinema and Dance (TCD) students work behind the scenes or take center stage as they grow creatively and learn technical skills to have success in their field of interest. Students can choose between theatre, cinema, and dance, yet still gain well-rounded experience in all three areas. Their degree in TCD will enhances technical, creative and storytelling skills. Students gain a vital competitive edge for both stage and film. And, by choosing a degree in the TCD Department, students graduate with a wealth of experience and a door-opening portfolio to help launch future careers.
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 Application.