College of Fine Arts Patrons Society
The Fine Arts Patrons Society was created to benefit the more than 600 Millikin student-artists participating in nearly 20 degree programs. Membership dues provide budget support and help create special projects which might otherwise go unfunded.
The society’s mission is to bring together the university and individuals who believe in the promotion and support of the fine and performing arts and the student-artists at Millikin.
The society works closely with the College of Fine Arts, Alumni and Development Office and alumni and parents in promoting Millikin’s fine arts and holding fundraising activities to support Millikin’s student-artists.
Patrons Society Benefits
Society members receive regular updates about upcoming programs, advance notice of special ticket offers and invitations to lectures and receptions. Members are also invited to special events held in conjunction with appearances by MU fine arts students and alumni in venues around the country.
Membership in the Patrons Society is offered at a variety of levels.
|Young alumni (within 5 years) and |
Art Educators (Elementary, Secondary and College)
|Standard Membership ||$50 |
|White ||$100 |
|Blue ||$250 |
|Bronze ||$500 |
|Silver ||$750 |
|Gold ||$1,000 |
The Patrons Society Supports:
Guest Artists/Special Projects
Among the guest artists who have conducted master classes and workshops on campus are: Joseph Machota ’93, former “Mamma Mia” Broadway cast member; Alan Held ’81, internationally-known opera singer; Bill Conger, mixed-media artist; and Sierra Boggess ’04, Ariel in Broadway’s production of “The Little Mermaid.” These experiences are integral aspects of student-artists’ growth and maturation.
Special projects such as these add value to a Millikin University education:
- A New York City Showcase for musical theatre majors to audition for casting and production agents
- Support for students to perform locally in free concerts at the Decatur Public Library
- Hosting artists-in-residence such as jazz artist Rachael Price and Aquila Theatre Company
- Support for student-run businesses including Blue Connection, Carriage House Press, First Step Records and Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre
Students can spend up to 40 hours a week outside class honing their skills in studios and practice rooms. This intense commitment often prohibits part-time work. Talent awards help fill financial gaps and enable students to pursue their work with passion and dedication.
Academic Department Support
Patrons may also designate their gifts in support of a specific academic department within the College of Fine Arts, including the Art Department, School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance.
Activities made possible in the past included senior art shows, special guest lectures and guest designers for the Department of Theatre and Dance.