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Experiencing the arts will change your perspective. Supporting the arts will change your life.

Love the arts? Invest in our art students and programs. Be part of the magic and become a Friend of the Arts Today. Call 828-277-7028 for information.

What Does the Organization Do? 

The Friends of the Arts is a fundraising organization working on behalf of the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts which includes the School of Music, School of Stage and Screen, the School of Art and Design, and Bardo Arts Center. 

Why Give to Friends of the Arts? 

Your gift to Friends of the Arts supports a wide variety of initiatives including scholarship opportunities, academic programming, and presenting world-class artists to the campus and community. 

Who Does Your Gift Support?

• The Students in the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

• The Western Carolina University campus, community, and WNC region by supporting high quality arts experiences.

• The Western North Carolina Region and beyond through the education and cultivation of the world's next generation of arts leaders.  

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WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts  


The Mission of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University is to strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of the University and the larger community by providing a creative learning environment in the fine and performing arts. 

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Friends of the Arts Scholarship Winners

Cassondra Klepzig- Graduated Spring 2015

BA in Stage & Screen in the Design & Technical Theatre concentration in the School of Stage & Screen

Cassandra Klepzig


"The Stage and Screen department has provided me with a solid foundation on which to build upon my skill sets, explore my creativity through design, and make lasting professional relationships that have, and will continue, to open many doors over the span of my career.

I have worked on every main stage production since my freshman year in some capacity, I am an active president of the WCU student chapter of USITT, and work within the department as a scenic shop assistant and a stage crew member at the Bardo Arts Center. Through this extensive practical experience, I have developed a professional portfolio that secured summer employment with Cirque Du Soleil and Santa Fe Opera."

Emilio Jeffries Graduated Spring 2015

BFA Studio Art in the School of Art & Design

Emilio Jeffries


"It was my Grandmother who gave me my interest in art. She tried her very best to instill culture in me in my youth and always supported my talents. The time I was able to share with her set up the framework for my curiosity in the arts. After her passing, my perception and interests went into stagnation and I was never exactly sure of anything.

Being in the School of Art & Design here at WCU has taught me a lot about community. The faculty here is not just your average set of professors or advisors, they are like a family. They are mentors who encourage their students to strive for quality work and development as an artist.  I have been able to grow and understand myself better as an individual and an artist. I want to thank the faculty again for their fostering of creativity among the students and pushing us to new heights."

Justin Beebe Graduated Spring 2015

BM Music Education in the School of Music

Justin Beebe


"My experience here at Western Carolina University has changed my life. Music has been a significant part of me ever since I was young, and Western has helped me to take that several steps further. While my major is music education and my instrumental concentration is in the horn, I have had opportunities to develop my craft in all of these fields. In addition to preparing me to enter the field of music education, the faculty at WCU have given me a wide variety of other opportunities.

As a student at Western Carolina University I have had the opportunity to perform alongside our esteemed Chancellor Belcher, perform with members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra through the school's Artist-In-Residence program, attend the International Horn Competition of America, be a finalist at the Southeast Horn Workshop collegiate solo competition, perform at the Southeast Horn Workshop three years in a row, premiere several of my original compositions and arrangements, and perform as a soloist and with multiple ensembles."

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