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Financial contributions to the Arts at UVA ensure that our students and faculty have opportunities to pursue their creative work. Your gifts directly impact the vibrant artistic landscape at the University of Virginia.

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UVA Arts Fund for Artistic Excellence

Annual Giving to the Arts
Annual support from alumni and friends advances educational and programming excellence and ensures cultural activities and facilities are accessible to students, our University community, Charlottesville, and beyond. Administered by the Vice Provost for the Arts, funds are awarded across schools and units to support high-quality projects and initiatives in the arts.

Yinimala Gumana and Wukun Wanambi, Yolngu artists from Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia, perform traditional Yolngu songs during a special event at Kluge-Ruhe in September 2017.

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Arts Council Membership

Members of the UVA Arts Council provide advice and support for the arts at the University of Virginia. Arts Council members meet on Grounds twice annually with the Vice Provost for the Arts, arts faculty, and students to strengthen collaboration within the University arts community and encourage participation in the collective programs offered. Membership is secured through a nominations process for interested individuals who make a gift of $2,500 or more to the Arts Council. The Arts Council sponsors an annual grants program which provides awards up to $10,000 to arts projects across Grounds.

Arts Council members enjoyed a private tour of the newly-restored Rotunda and the Lawn following their fall 2017 meeting.

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Arts Endowment: Sustaining the Future for UVA Arts

The Arts Endowment supports, expands, and promotes the highest level of excellence in the arts at the University of Virginia. Established in 2014, the Arts Endowment provides sustainable funding for high-impact arts projects that place creativity at the core of learning and teaching across the University, thereby enhancing the University’s profile as a leader in arts learning, teaching, and service. Individuals who make a gift to the Arts Endowment of $100,000 or more are invited to serve a five-year trustee term to advise the Office of the Provost on the use and strategic investment of endowment earnings.

Funds from the Arts Endowment supported a three-day residency with composer Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyricist Alain Boublil in February 2017, during which the artists spoke to the University and broader Charlottesville communities about their creative process, moderated by Professor Emeritus Marva Barnett.

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Planned Giving

There are many ways to give to the arts, and hundreds of donors are choosing Planned Giving as a way to maximize their support of a cause they and their loved ones care about deeply. Planned gifts ensure the future health and vibrancy of the arts, and include gifts such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, real estate, and stock. To learn more about planned gift opportunities, visit the University of Virginia’s Gift Planning website.

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Corporate Giving

The arts play a vital role in enriching our community. Corporate and business support is an integral piece to a public-private partnership in which the arts can truly flourish. With a rich and diverse array of events and programs, the arts at UVA actively seek partnerships with organizations that wish to align with the mission of the University and the important role the arts play in our world.

For more information, contact Christine Hollins, Director of University Arts Development, at (434) 924-0917 or email >

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