Support MCAD Students


Thank you for considering a gift in support of MCAD students!

Due to recent events, funding efforts are currently focused on five key areas:

As has been our tradition, each fall we greet new students at orientation with a Welcome Kit which typically includes art supplies. This year we are changing things up a bit. Our goal is to supply each student, both new and returning, with a Wellness Kit that will include two face coverings, a thermometer, and hand sanitizer. To ensure that every student receives their MCAD Wellness Kit, please consider a gift of $25 (1 kit), $50 (2 kits), or even $100 (4 kits). Our goal is to raise funds for 750 kits. Thank you for helping to keep MCAD students healthy and safe!

The Black Leadership Award of MCAD is an endowed scholarship fund established in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the subsequent global fight for racial justice. The award will be granted annually to Black students, enrolled full-time, who demonstrate merit and have financial need. Thank you for considering a gift to help build this important fund.

The MCAD Emergency Student Assistance Fund helps students with emergency needs such as temporary housing, space to self-quarantine, food supplies, transportation, mental health support, and other essentials. The financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic are exactly the kind that can derail a student’s education. Gifts to the Emergency Student Assistance Fund will help keep students on track to graduating.

MCAD will offer virtual educational programming this summer through our Continuing Education department. These programs will be taught by professional art and design educators. Anyone can sign up and there will be no cost to attend. Virtual courses for all ages are being developed. Possible topics include a self-portrait workshop, a weaving/textile workshop, simple bookbinding/journal making, watercolor painting, Photoshop techniques, and more. Please consider a donation to help underwrite the cost of free community educational programs.

Now more than ever, scholarships are crucial to MCAD student success. With more than 97% of students receiving some form of financial aid, your gift to MCAD scholarships will have meaningful impact on the lives of MCAD students; particularly in light of the hardships placed on many students due to COVID-19.

Thank you again for your support!
Please contact Cindy Theis,, with any questions.

For taxpayers who do not itemize deductions, a new one-time deduction of up to $300 ($600 for married couples) is available under the CARES act for cash gifts made in 2020. Please reach out to your tax professional to see if you qualify.