For more than 130 years, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has been a leader in art and design education and is the region’s principal source of talent, fueling a diverse, creative economy.

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MCAD’s artists and designers thrive in the greater community where creativity meets purpose. The impact, locally and globally, of MCAD student and alumni work is astounding and far-reaching as well as a source of great pride.

President’s Circle Member support maintains the quality of MCAD’s unique hands-on education and ensures that the renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities are accessible to students from every walk of life.

Join the President’s Circle Today!

Membership in the President’s Circle has benefits for you, as well as for tomorrow’s creative leaders. Enjoy early access to the nation’s largest college art sale, mingle with visiting artists, and socialize with other art aficionados.

Supporting MCAD scholarship initiatives helps bridge the gap from student desires to realized ambitions.

President’s Circle members receive the following exclusive benefits:

Member $1,000+
Help keep MCAD accessible to all with the talent and drive to succeed!

  • Early access to the MCAD Art Sale Online on November 19
  • A complimentary MCAD Continuing Education class of your choice
  • Quarterly communication via email or phone about events and engagement opportunities at MCAD, such as virtual gallery tours, artist talks, and more.

Partner $3,000+
Make a direct impact on an MCAD student by funding a NOW Scholarship award

  • All of the benefits of the Member level, plus:
  • Offer to meet with MCAD President Sanjit Sethi for a personal MCAD update and conversation

Benefactor $5,000+
Make a direct impact on MCAD students by funding two NOW Scholarship awards

  • All of the benefits of the Partner level, plus:
  • Personal concierge service at the 2021 MCAD Auction (whether in-person or virtual)
  • Virtual cooking class with MCAD President Sanjit Sethi

Leader $10,000+

  • All of the benefits of the Benefactor level

Contact Cindy Theis, or 612.874.3777, to discuss special funding opportunities around accessibility initiatives including scholarships, emergency funds, and health and wellness initiatives; as well as personalized member benefits available at the Leader level.

**This year, current members who upgrade in giving level will have the opportunity to enroll in a complimentary MCAD Continuing Education course of their choice.**


Stock Giving

Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock via a direct transfer to MCAD. Giving a gift of publicly traded stock that has increased in value and that you have owned for more than one year may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock and you avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the current value over the original cost of the stock. You may also save by not incurring brokerage fees because you are transferring ownership rather than selling the stock.


"From the bottom of my heart—thank you. Thank you for not only supporting me, but choosing to support the arts in a time of great need. With you and other generous people like you, we proudly continue to stand up for freedom of creative expression for all people." –Skylar Storkamp ’18, Entrepreneurial Studies