Support the Arts

Why we need you

The arts are a vital part of education, and NC State University recognizes the importance of fostering arts programs—both for our students and for the larger community. The mission of Arts NC State is to enhance the environment of the university and our community with rich and diverse events, installations, and opportunities and to make the arts a significant part of every student’s educational experience.

Arts NC State receives only 18% of its annual budget from state appropriations. While significant support is generated from ticket sales and student fees, we rely upon our donors to cover the majority of our expenses. Your generous donations ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission year after year and continue to impact the students, faculty and community members who participate in our programs. We can’t do it without your help.

Learn how you can support specific Arts NC State programs

Think and Do the Extraordinary

The Campaign for NC State

The Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of NC State, with a goal of $1.6 billion in private support from the university’s remarkable alumni and friends.  Meeting this goal will allow NC State to achieve its potential as one of the most vital and prestigious research universities on the planet.

All gifts made to Arts NC State count toward the Campaign.  Before the campaign concludes in 2021, we are asking donors to help us move the arts at NC State forward by funding strategic priorities including: [bg_faq_start]

Artist Residencies

Artist residencies allow students and artists to learn from one another and to create together in sustained, immersive ways. Arts NC State programs actively work with professional artists who are passionate about both creating and teaching. They engage our entire community, forging unforgettable partnerships between NC State and the worldwide community of artists. These experiences can only become regular parts of Arts NC State’s programming through significant investments of private support.


NC State is a hub for technology and innovation. Creativity is required for innovation. And where better for students to learn and hone creative skills than in the arts? Arts NC State seeks to reflect the university’s think and do ethos by offering leading-edge technology to members of the campus and local communities. We envision digital workstations for the Department of Music, a high-tech makerspace within the Crafts Center, among other exciting projects. Private giving will turn these ideas into realities.


Take an extra-close look next time you visit a Gregg Museum of Art & Design exhibition or attend an Arts NC State performance. So much surrounds you— lights, sounds, staging—and all of those things are vital to your experience. Investments in equipment create opportunities for us to produce and present art in new, compelling, and unexpected ways.

Student Travel

Off-campus opportunities lead to unforgettable experiences, but they can be prohibitively expensive for students, many of whom are already struggling to meet their on-campus tuition and living expense obligations. Donors can help equalize access to student travel with their support. Giving enriches students personally and professionally, as they will be required to think globally and engage with people and ideas from all around the world throughout their careers. [bg_faq_end] To learn more about the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, click here.

Ways to Give

Your gift to Arts NC State plays an essential role in providing arts education to all of NC State’s 34,000 students and to the greater Triangle community. We offer different ways to support Arts NC State.

Our Supporters

We are grateful for all the generous donors who help support the mission and goals of Arts NC State and its programs.

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Please call or email Peyton Stokley, director of development for Arts NC State, at 919.513.4101 or