I ❤️ the Arts

FAA consists of 8 academic program areas and 3 engagement units: School of Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Music, School of Art and Design, Department of Dance, Department of Theatre, Sustainable Design, Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Japan House. While each unit is unique, we all share a love of the arts.

I Heart the Arts

Designed by Hallie Thomas (BFA ’25 Graphic Design)

I Heart the Arts

The College of Fine and Applied Arts launched its inaugural student week of giving, I ❤️ the Arts, in 2024 allowing students from across the college and university to give back and show their love for the arts at Illinois. Donations contributed to scholarships, facilities, programs, experiential learning opportunities, and resources will benefit current and future FAA students. Through their giving, students are able to directly support initiatives that enhance the quality of their education and overall student experience.

Through student philanthropy efforts like I ❤️ the Arts, students learn the value of identifying a common goal or shared cause, like the arts. They see how even the smallest contribution can make a difference in the lives of their peers and future students. Learning the value of philanthropy, and the benefits that come with it, help young people become better advocates for supporting arts, design, and culture institutions in the future. I ❤️ the Arts is more than an annual giving campaign – it allows the college to foster a culture of giving that helps sustain FAA, our schools, and departments for future generations of students.

Philanthropy encompasses more than just monetary donations – it also includes the generous contribution of one’s time and talents to benefit others. This form of giving is critical to the success of FAA’s academic and engagement units. Whether it’s serving on a student advisory board, ushering a production at Krannert Center, or attending an event at Japan House, the donation of your time and talents can have a profound impact on our FAA community. If you are a student interested in learning more about how you can give back with your time and talents, please complete this form. By leveraging your unique abilities and passions, you can make meaningful contributions that go beyond financial support, fostering a culture of giving that will be passed on to future generations of Illinois Arts students.

I Heart the Arts

Designed by Hallie Thomas (BFA ’25 Graphic Design)

FAA Student Philanthropy Board

One way FAA students are making an impact in the college is by serving on the FAA Student Philanthropy Board. Board members are ambassadors for the college who demonstrate a passion in investing in the future of the arts and will engage and educate their fellow students and community on the benefits and best practices of giving back.

We are so grateful for the following Student Philanthropy Board members who have graciously donated their time to serve for the 2023-24 academic year.

Audrey Chang (BFA ’26 Graphic Design)
Sylvie Leyerle (BFA ’26 Graphic Design)
Etienne Sirois (BLA ’26)
Kennedy Wilson (BFA ’24 Dance)

If you’d like to learn more about serving on FAA’s Student Philanthropy Board, please contact Ellen Fred, assistant director of constituent engagement.

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