Inherently educational, travel is transformative, particularly for college students. The College of Fine Arts regularly witnesses how travel changes students’ lives and we are committed to providing our students with more opportunities to travel, study, exhibit and perform in this country and abroad. That commitment includes providing financial assistance and to sustain that commitment we seek to establish a College of Fine Arts endowment dedicated to supporting student travel.

Through our commitment to present fine and performing arts students with travel and study abroad options, we develop vital global awareness in our graduates and position them to effectively navigate the complex but shrinking world they will inherit as adults.

Our priority is to instill appreciation of global awareness in all our students. Travel, particularly on an international scale, helps to develop the capacity to value foreign cultures, promote broader understanding, and enhance appreciation of different people. These are essential characteristics of world citizenship. Moreover, by aggressively identifying relevant opportunities and providing financial support that is so vital to our students, the college can distinguish itself and create recruitment advantages over many of our peers.

Imagine having the opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience at the world’s largest jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland, or to study art in the shadow of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy. Marshall students have done just that. Since 2009 and with very limited resources, the College of Fine Arts has assisted students with the expense of travel and study in Brazil; Florence; Sydney, Australia; Montreux; and Nice, France. During the 2011-2012 academic year, fine arts students will have study and performance opportunities in France, Scotland, Italy, and Australia and will continue to participate in our exchange program in Brazil. These exciting international destinations are complemented by numerous regional and national venues to which our students travel annually for study, exhibition, and performance opportunities that are hallmarks of a quality fine arts education. We want to insure that these experiences, which truly distinguish our students and their education, become firmly embedded in the culture of the College of Fine Arts at Marshall University.

For more information contact Melanie Griffis at griffism@marshall.edu or 304-696-3686.