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The Arts


Gifts to the arts, within all priorities of the Campaign, will strengthen the College's position as SUNY's leader in the arts and one of New York State's cultural centers. The arts distinguish SUNY Potsdam among her state and national peer institutions. You can help expand our arts outreach and weave creativity into the fabric of life and learning not only for our students, but also for the entire northern New York community.

In support of our proud status as a liberal arts college, your giving will help more fully integrate the arts throughout every curriculum, program and experience. One cannot walk through the SUNY Potsdam campus without being touched by the arts ? paintings and sculptures on display in hallways and on the Quad, the voices in a chorus rehearsal, the drums guiding the movements of dancers in a class. For all students (regardless of major), the arts establish an environment infused with creativity, encourage critical thinking that goes beyond conventional boundaries, and create unique interdisciplinary possibilities that engage the entire campus.

In addition to the vibrant arts atmosphere on campus, SUNY Potsdam is proud to serve as the cultural center of Northern New York. There are more than 400 music, theatre, and dance productions, as well as countless fine arts exhibits and other arts-related events, open to the public each year. We are always seeking opportunities to expand dynamic community partnerships and arts outreach activities, in order to enhance the quality of life throughout our region.

Gifts to arts-related activities and programs, within any of the priorities of the Campaign, help make the following possible:

  • Scholarships to attract students destined to be the next Pulitzer prize-winning authors, Grammy winning singers, and Emmy-winning actors
  • Special efforts to integrate the arts into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula, called "STEAM" programs
  • Students and faculty from The Crane School of Music traveling to New York City to perform under the baton of a world-famous conductor
  • A student group discussing modern writing and its impact on American culture with a New York Times best-selling author, as part of the Lougheed Festival of the Arts
  • A special kiln that allows students and faculty to create bronze sculptures
  • Students learning to operate the latest in theatre technology and equipment in the newly constructed, state-of-the-art performing arts building
  • A student learning techniques from a master Chinese flutist, who is performing during a tea ceremony lead by a traditional Chinese landscape artist in The Art Museum at SUNY Potsdam
  • A developmentally disabled adult acting alongside a SUNY Potsdam applied theatre student in a play that breaks down barriers and challenges community conventions regarding diversity and disabilities
  • Internships for students to travel to a national trade show to work and learn alongside leaders from internally-recognized music businesses
  • Students and faculty traveling to a national awards ceremony to accept a first place prize in operatic performance
  • Area youth learning to write, choreograph, produce and perform theatre and dance productions during a summer arts camp run by faculty and students


"I have the best of both worlds. I was originally a Crane student, but now I'm majoring in Political Science. Only at a school like SUNY Potsdam can a student easily pursue a wide range of passions, such as a love of music and an interest in politics and government."

Ryan Williams, Class of 2013
12/13 Student Government President