Creativity & Innovation

Colgate gives students regular opportunities to engage with world-renowned artists and creators.

As we enter our third century, we must reaffirm our belief that artistic expression, creative thinking, and innovation are hallmarks of a Colgate education. We will rethink the role of arts and creativity at the University — and even reimagine the campus itself — to more fully integrate the arts into the intellectual fabric of the Colgate experience. We will create space for experimentation, for design and digital creation, for hands-on exploration and exhibition.

By creating a hub for the arts and creativity, we encourage students to see their experiences on campus as more closely integrated and can help spark conversations and foster collaboration that will keep Colgate at the forefront of research and innovation for the century to come.


Green screen and streaming cameras for student production

The Endeavor

  • Scenic of Dana Center

    Restore the Dana Center and establish it as a home for maker and practice spaces, with a fully-renovated Brehmer Theater.

  • Student presents digitized artwork

    Build a Center for the Arts, Creativity, and Innovation that supports the interplay between culture and technology.

  • Chamber music practice in James B. Colgate Hall

    Create a new Performing and Visual Arts Center that serves as a hub for sound and artistic practice on campus.

Colgate will set a new standard for the teaching and production of arts, creativity, and innovation and will be a model for other schools to emulate.

Lesleigh Cushing headshot
Lesleigh Cushing Senior Advisor to the President for Arts and Innovation Initiatives; Murray W. and Mildred K. Finard Professor in Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion

Funding Initiatives

The Campaign for the Third Century will enhance every aspect of the Colgate experience. Learn about our plans to secure the value of a Colgate education for the next generation.