Central Ohio’s future is too important to be left to chance. Let’s not rest on our success and wait for the future to come to us. Let’s meet the future where it lives — in the here and now. We’re here for it.
Guided by years of planning and many thoughtful conversations within the community, our $20 million campaign Here for Change supports the people, programs, and places that animate CCAD’s distinctive approach to creative education and that make Central Ohio a destination for both working professionals and families.
You are here for change when you fund student scholarships that strengthen our ability to attract, regardless of family income, the world’s most creative students to Central Ohio; when you support faculty excellence that enables us to recruit and retain the finest professors and student success initiatives that work to ensure happy students and healthy career outcomes; and when you give to campus enhancements that improve learning opportunities, community collaboration, and the economic vitality of downtown.
If you can imagine the future, you can plan for it. We can and we did.
Strong creative minds are essential to sustainable growth. Fortunately, unlike many cities, Columbus is home to a world-class art and design school. So while other regions struggle to recruit and retain a creative class, CCAD graduates a new one each May. And many of those alumni choose to stay here in Central Ohio, helping us to shape its future.
The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Future of Jobs Report notes that creativity is among the most in-demand job skills, along with innovation, active learning, complex problem solving, and critical thinking. More and more, Central Ohio and the world will rely on these skills that are at the core of a CCAD education.
Actually, two plans. Our campus framework plan and our strategic plan, The CCAD Way, guide Here for Change. Your support will help to position CCAD — and Columbus — for success today and tomorrow.
Create new named merit- and need-based student scholarships
Attract and retain the most creative students
Reduce the financial burden so students focus on their studies
Although a relatively small amount in most instances, in every instance it’s enough to keep that student from fulfilling the promise of their potential. Their loss is our loss. Scholarships change that, and in the process, change lives.
100% of scholarship support goes directly to students
Option to specify student major or other attributes
Provide new opportunities for high-potential students
Amplify DEI efforts so our student body reflects our world
Graduate students with as little debt as possible
Help talented art & design students find success at CCAD.
Establish CCAD’s first endowed chair
Create new endowed faculty positions
Expand services and programs that support the whole student and our entire community
A college is only as reputable as its faculty and students, whereas a city is often judged, in large part, by how many graduates remain in the community and for how long. Invest in faculty excellence and student success, and our return is is a higher quality of life across Central Ohio and even greater esteem around the country.
Enhance faculty excellence by recruiting, retaining, and rewarding top-tier faculty
Increase faculty professional development and pedagogical support
Better our ability to attract more visiting artists of note, especially those of color
Improve counseling services and wellness programs to support student well-being
Boost workforce development services to help students and alumni launch careers here in Central Ohio and beyond
Grow programming that equips the region’s workforce with creative skills
Expand partnerships so more students have more opportunities for real-world experience
Help CCAD attract and retain the best faculty.
Invest in a sustainable, whole-campus revitalization project that enhances the student experience
Modernize campus infrastructure, tools, and technologies
To attract world-class talent, we need best-in-class facilities. Your support will enable us to make the campus enhancements necessary to prepare and produce the exceptional students we need.
Final programming and design for the Center for Creative Collaboration are in the works right now at award-winning AECOM
Open the Center for Creative Collaboration, establishing a new interdisciplinary makers space and collaboration hub including flexible classrooms and project-based learning labs
Centralize and connect many community and corporate partnership offices that serve students, alumni, and the community
Provide student life amenities that promote connection and balance
Support downtown development with a beautiful East-side open space for and gateway to CCAD’s campus, the Discovery District, and downtown Columbus
Help CCAD become the hub of creativity in Central Ohio.