Wonder Makes Us Human
There’s an almost-universal ineffability to how we feel when we hear a beloved author read their work, when we first glimpse a piece of art that speaks to us or when we’re gathered around a bonfire singing “Bear Down” with our closest friends. Maybe you get goosebumps, maybe a tear comes to your eye or a smile to your lips — and maybe, if you’re lucky, you never forget that feeling. At the University of Arizona, we know that moments of wonder don’t always happen in the classroom, which is why we’re deepening our commitment to providing an environment that enriches the lives of students, faculty and community members alike.
Front Porch Priorities
- A new site for the University of Arizona Museum of Art, which houses works by Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keefe, among others
- Intercollegiate athletic programs that provide opportunities for student-athletes while also serving as a rallying point for the larger Tucson community
- A new building for Arizona Public Media (AZPM), a member-supported, nonprofit public media service that provides locally produced, award-winning content from its digital studios on the University of Arizona campus
What Wonders Will You Fuel?
A Hub of Creative Inquiry
The Arizona Arts Master Plan aims to integrate the arts throughout the campus experience and position the university as both an international arts and culture destination and as a driver for regional economic development. But there’s a deeper vision at play here, too, and it’s one that can’t be replicated in a textbook or laboratory. “The arts provide so much value in terms of helping us understand what it means to be human, understanding what empathy is, understanding how to tell our stories and how to understand the stories of others,” says Andrew Schulz, vice president for the arts and dean of the College of Fine Arts. “The arts provide this incredible lens into the human experience.” An investment in the arts is an investment in our shared humanity.
An Athletics Powerhouse
Arizona strives to be one of the nation’s top athletic departments through a championship experience in three areas — academics, athletics and personal development. To accomplish our athletic goals, it is crucial that we provide first-class facilities for both our student-athletes and our fans across all 22 sports. “This is just the start of what we hope will be a transformational period for our facilities, but we’ll need the continued support of our fans and donors to address the remainder of our needs moving forward,” says Dave Heeke, vice president and director of athletics. With your support, our student-athletes will have the resources they need to succeed at the highest level in the classroom and in competition.
A Headquarters for Connection
From in-depth, commercial-free reporting and entertainment that feeds your curiosity to national television and radio content from PBS and NPR, AZPM informs, inspires and connects the community to campus. To continue offering such a vital service to the university and larger community, AZPM needs a new building to attract talent and foster growth. “AZPM is your window to the world,” says Marianne Leedy, AZPM Leadership Giving CEO Circle member. “Your support ensures that channels like NPR 89.1, Classical 90.5, the BBC World Service and PBS 6 on broadcast TV will continue to reach people across Southern Arizona.” With your support, AZPM can ensure free and public access to media that strengthens and informs our community.