Research proves that the arts raise academic achievement because they teach critical thinking, analytical reasoning, effective communication, and collaborative work. These competencies pave the way to student success in college, in the workplace, and in life. Your gifts provide enrichment opportunities through special exhibits and first-rate performances, educational workshops and programs, international excursions, and care for Texas A&M’s art collections.
MSC OPAS presents professional productions of theater, music and dance programs that enlighten, entertain and inspire audiences. For four decades, OPAS has brought the finest of the performing arts from around the world to Texas A&M. It also has the distinction of being the only student-run performing arts organization in the country, providing opportunities for leadership development, community interaction and collaboration with others who have a passion for the arts.
A $5 million permanent endowment would underwrite high-quality productions and subsidize student ticket costs so performances remain within every Aggie’s reach. You may also donate online at give.am/SupportMSCOPAS.
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC ACTIVITIES
The diverse and talented department serves more than 1,300 students each year and offers opportunities to participate in a wide variety of musical groups, including but not limited to the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Singing Cadets, orchestras, jazz ensembles, wind symphonies, and other band and choir groups of various sizes. These ensembles present about 200 worldwide performances annually.
The department’s goal is for one choral ensemble and one instrumental ensemble to have an international travel experience each year. These trips would enhance Texas A&M’s public relations and allow students to truly immerse in cultures outside of Texas and the U.S. We aspire to raise a $10 million endowment to provide student scholarships, offset travel costs, and rent larger instruments such as percussion equipment and string basses. Donate Online.
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERIES
The Texas A&M University Art Galleries is comprised of the J. Wayne Stark Galleries and the Forsyth Galleries, both in the Memorial Student Center. The galleries offer free admission to exhibitions highlighting a diverse collection of art, along with events and workshops for the campus and community. Spaces are available to rent for university-related events, and the galleries maintain all university public art, along with a campus art loan program.
A $1.5 million endowment would create a museum-academic partnership and underwrite a full-time academic curator. An additional $1 million endowment would support a more comprehensive print collection that would allow for smaller, customized exhibitions for a wide range of academic classes.
Ninety percent of Texas A&M students have never stepped foot inside an art museum. A $2.5 million endowment would fund one “blockbuster” traveling exhibition each year to engage students and the community.
Give online to Stark Galleries here or to the Forsyth Galleries here.