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College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

Giving Day contributions of every size make a major difference! Support one of our featured projects today or give to another area that helps the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Today only, your donation is matched dollar-for-dollar by the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Board of Visitors, up to $2,000!


Seawall, Hughie Lee-Smith, 1964

Oil on Canvas

University Art Collection: Online Gallery Project

Used to educate, inspire and foster creative thinking and promote the advancement of social and cultural leadership, the University Art Collection was founded in 1968 and has grown to over 6,500 works of art that celebrate Detroit artists. In an effort to reach all students and the broader community, highlights from the collection can now be accessed online. Our goal is to build and expand this site to be a source for scholarly research on the important Detroit and regional artwork found in the collection. 


Your gift today will support the development of the educational component associated with the online collection. Funds are needed to support the work of graduate research assistants and scholars to design innovative and exciting programming that will allow the University Art Collection to have a wider local and global reach. 


Music Department

An important part of a student's academic journey is the opportunity to attend conferences, clinics and conventions. The need for this type of training is always essential and becomes even more crucial as we move back to live performance. Students thrive on peer-to-peer interaction and mentoring. As we move forward from the pandemic, it is our hope that the funds raised on Giving Day will provide support that defrays the costs of these beneficial activities.



Murals at Wayne

In fall of 2021, Wayne State University painting students in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History will work with contemporary fine artist and Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing Margi Weir to design and create a large-scale mural on campus. Our students will continue to learn about managing large-scale public projects as well as honing their art and design skills. The results will make a colorful mark on campus, bringing art out of the studio and into our community. 




CFPCA Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2006, the CFPCA Alumni Association was the first alumni group to create an endowed scholarship fund for its students. In its history, the endowed fund has supported more than 15 College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts students from all disciplines of the college. College alumni include Pulitzer prize-winning journalists and winners and nominees for Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, Obie, Screen Actors Guild and Caldecott awards.


“The CFPCA Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship was established to help CFPCA students achieve their education goals. The Alumni Council’s mandate is to serve the university, the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, and our students. The Alumni Council invites all alumni to support the scholarship fund on Giving Day.”
— Stan Simek, CFPCA Alumni Council Co-Chair

Film and Media Arts and Studies: Advanced Student Productions Fund

Preparing students for careers as film and video makers, media professionals — and scholars who can create, interpret, and critique a broad range of film and media content — is the focus of Film and Media Arts and Studies. Students are encouraged to think both critically and creatively about media as they gain hands-on skills in content creation and in film and video production. The typical $250-$600 out-of-pocket student costs for a project include set design materials, wardrobe and costumes, location fees, and travel and living expenses for the cast and crew. New pandemic safety protocols may increase these costs dramatically.


Take a moment to view work by our talented students and to watch our award-winning advanced students’ reel.



Hilberry Gateway Fund

Years of planning have sharpened the vision for our integrated performing arts complex. Construction began on the Hilberry Gateway in March 2020. Now the stage is set for the future of the performing arts in Detroit, and it’s time to bring our vision to life. 


Challenging times like these highlight the importance of personal connection in our lives more than ever before. The performing arts have the power to bring people together — allowing our audiences to experience moving stories, gain new perspectives and come away transformed. The College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts continues to serve as the cultural gateway to Wayne State University. The Hilberry Gateway needs your support to revolutionize performance excellence at Wayne State. See the Hilberry Gateway construction progress on our live webcam.



Theatre and Dance Annual Fund

The Maggie Allesee Theatre and Dance department is committed to arts education, offering undergraduate and graduate students professional training in performance, in design and technology, in stage management, and in theatre management and arts administration. For the past year, the pandemic has shut down all performances and all box office revenue. Your Giving Day donations to the Theatre and Dance Annual Fund will offset that significant loss of revenue.


Wayne State faculty and staff can give via payroll deduction here. Consider a WSU legacy gift in your estate plan.

College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Board of Visitors Match
Your donation to any College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts fund will be matched dollar for dollar, by the Board of Visitors, up to $2,000!
$2,000 MATCHED
Gifts by school, college and unit
From the Ilitch School to CLAS to the W Food Pantry. Who is leading Giving Day with the most number of gifts?
Rank Department Gifts
1 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 252
2 College of Education 140
3 College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts 137
4 Mike Ilitch School of Business 135
5 School of Medicine 106
6 College of Nursing 105
7 School of Social Work 84
8 College of Engineering 67
9 Law School 62
10 School of Information Sciences 55
11 C.S. Mott Center 54
12 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives 38
13 General Scholarship Fund 35
14 Athletics 32
15 WSU Press 30
16 Alumni Programs 29
17 Irvin D. Reid Honors College 26
18 The W Food Pantry 22
19 Student Emergency Fund 21
20 Computing & Information Technology 19
21 HIGH Program 18
22 University Libraries 17
23 Junior Year in Munich 13
24 WDET 8
25 International Programs 8
26 Institute of Gerontology 5
27 Pharmacy Practice 5
28 Economic Development 5
29 Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies 5
30 TechTown Detroit 4
31 Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute 4
32 Detroit Radio Information Service 4
33 Freer House 4
34 Occupational Therapy 4
35 Dean's Discretionary Fund 3
36 Mortuary Science 3
37 EACPHS Diversity Scholarship 2
38 Graduate School 2
39 Physical Therapy 2
40 Pharmaceutical Science 2
41 Center for Urban Studies 1
42 Emeritus Academy 1
43 Class Gift 0
44 Eugene Applebaum Pharmacy and Health Sciences 0
45 Office of Campus Sustainability 0
46 Pharmacy Class of 1979 Scholarship 0
47 Clinical Laboratory Science 0
48 Nurse Anesthesia 0
49 Other 0
50 Pathologists' Assistant 0
51 Physician Assistant 0
52 Radiation Therapy Technology 0
53 Radiologic Technology 0
Donors by Affinity
Alumni, friends, faculty and staff members, parents and students make Wayne State what it is. Which group will make the biggest impact today? Stay tuned!
What is your affiliation to WSU?
Rank Answer Amount
1 Alumni $143,116.20
2 Faculty/Staff $69,801.00
3 Friend $30,230.00
4 Parent $3,275.00
5 Student $1,740.00
WSU Employee Donations by Division
Across the university, our employees care about Wayne State's mission, inspiring from within. Which division has the most donors?
What division do you work for?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Liberal Arts & Sciences 64
2 Development & Alumni Affairs 47
3 School of Medicine 23
4 School of Social Work 21
5 Business School 19
6 College of Education 16
7 Computing & Info Technology 14
8 College of Nursing 13
9 Fine & Performing Arts 12
10 Provost & VP Academic Affair 9
11 Student Affairs 9
12 University Libraries 8
13 WSU Press 8
14 Research 6
15 School of Info. Sciences 6
16 Pharmacy & Health Science 6
17 Marketing and Communications 6
18 Athletics 5
19 Law School 4
20 Facilities Plan & Management 3
21 Business Operations 3
22 Honors College 3
23 Human Resources 3
24 VP Economic Development 3
25 Educational Outreach 2
26 College of Engineering 2
27 Internal Audit 2
28 Division of Enrollment Mgmt 2
29 Inst. Res. Assess & Data Res 1
30 WDET 1
31 General Counsel 1
32 Fiscal Operations 1
33 Secretary Board of Governors 1
34 Research Support 1
35 VP Finance & Bus Operations 1
36 President 1
37 Graduate School 1
Chief Holt Scholarship Support Challenge
Wayne State University Police Chief Tony Holt challenges you to support your favorite scholarship fund on Giving Day. 50 gifts to any campus scholarship fund today will unlock a $7,500 gift from Chief Holt to his School of Social Work scholarship.
50 / 50 Donors
Alumni Class Year by Decade
With over 274,000 living alumni, WSU is proud of all alumni. Which decade of Warriors will prove to be the most philanthropic today?
In which decade did you graduate?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 '70s 115
2 '80s 114
3 '90s 107
4 2000s 75
5 2010s 59
6 '60s 47
7 2020s 16
8 '50s 5
Regional Network Challenge
Which regional network can bring in the most donors on Giving Day? Gifts from across the nation (and world!) will be mapped and whichever Regional Network takes the lead will have an additional $500 gift made to the Student Emergency Fund in their honor by the WSU Alumni Association.
Which regional network are you part of?
Rank Answer Donors
1 Chicago 20
2 DC 15
3 LA 13
4 Northern California 12
5 NYC 9
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