Access to the Arts

Professor Chris Willcox

There's so much demand for this project. I can't wait to see my students working in the renovated studios.

—Chris Willcox
Professor of art and painter

Access to the Arts

RRenovations will create exceptional spaces for Macalester’s art faculty and majors to use, but equally important to the project is drawing in countless non-majors. At Macalester, we see the arts not as an add-on, but rather as an integral component of a rigorous liberal arts education. Until students practice doing art, they can’t fully understand it. Art classes for non-majors go beyond fulfilling the fine arts requirement: they help our students develop a deeper sense of empathy—a universal language— that’s exactly in sync with the college’s international focus. They take those lessons with them, long after their art coursework is done for the semester.