Princeton’s programs in the Creative and Performing Arts have recorded remarkable successes while coping with budgets that have ranged from lean to strained. These programs require additional endowment to realize their full potential to contribute to the education of Princeton students. They must have the capacity to pay for musical instruments, artists’ supplies, private lessons, theater costumes, and theatrical set design and assembly. Computers have become critical to graphic design, and the visual arts program needs equipment to digitize works and create art in new digital media. All of the programs need funds for administrative support, technical assistance, and the upkeep of equipment and facilities. These needs may be mundane but they are nonetheless critical. Income from an endowment would sustain Princeton’s programs and enable students and faculty to focus their energies on the achievement of excellence.
Students work in a sculpture class at 185 Nassau Street, a lively center of artistic life on campus that houses the programs in creative writing, visual arts and theater and dance. Photo Credit: John Jameson