Campaign Progress: Spotlight on the Arts

The arts have always played a central part in the curriculum and campus life at Scripps. During the 1930s, artist and instructor Millard Sheets helped establish a lively visual arts program, and one of the College’s first major gifts, from Florence Rand Lang in 1935, was allocated for art studios and galleries.

Since then, the generosity of our alumnae, families, and friends has enabled Scripps to add classrooms and practice spaces, recruit accomplished artists, musicians, and dancers to faculty posts, fill the campus with beautiful artwork, and host numerous performances in Garrison Theater. Gifts to the College have also supported our students in their passionate pursuits of dance, music, studio art, art history, art conservation, and related subjects.

The MORE SCRIPPS Campaign is committed to advancing Scripps’ reputation as a top liberal arts college destination for students who are enthusiastic about the arts.

Major gifts to the campaign have included $2 million from Joan Rechtin Lincoln ’49 and her husband, David, to support the creation of the Joan and David Lincoln Ceramic Art Building, which opened in 2011. The Lincolns’ gift also provides financial support and teaching assistantship opportunities for students interested in exploring creative fields post-graduation. In 2016, Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 established the Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 and Paul D. Muchnic  Endowed  Professorship  with a $1.5 million gift made in honor of Mary MacNaughton ’70, professor of art history and director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery.

Gifts to the College have also established internship programs in the arts, enabling our students to experience firsthand what it’s like to work in a museum, gallery, or cultural center. In addition, our alumnae and parents have graciously hosted Scripps students on professional networking treks, providing career advice and mentorship for those interested in the arts, entertainment, and media.

Recently, Nancy Katayama ’77 generously pledged $4 million to support a new dance center. The College now seeks the remaining $4 million in funding to complete this signature project, which will enhance course offerings and accommodate a greater number of students. Integrating mind, body, and spirit, the renowned Scripps Dance Program focuses on the interdisciplinary study of dance and movement and has produced graduates who have gone on to perform and choreograph professionally as well as pursue a wide range of careers, including dance ethnology, film and video, physical therapy, and medicine. A new facility worthy of this remarkable Scripps program is long overdue.

Help strengthen our collective power of giving  today.  Designate  your  gift  to support The Scripps Fund, our new dance facility, or an arts-related student  internship. To make a gift of any amount, visit



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