The Engine of Creative Innovation

Armed with foundational knowledge, transferable skills and enduring experience, Arts and Humanities graduates don’t just impact the workforce—they leave a dent.

With your philanthropic support of the Division of Arts and Humanities—which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego—we can make waves for the greater good. Through unexpected interdisciplinary partnerships, we spark deeper understanding of the human experience and empower students to imagine the future.

Help us propel our faculty and students to make art, make history and make an impact. Explore our giving priorities below and make a gift today.

Enhancing the student experience

Scholarships, internships and fellowships create access to immersive and experiential learning opportunities, empowering students to follow their passions. Programs like the Student Production Fund and the Alumni Mentoring Programs open doors to hands-on experiences and relationships that frame new futures. 

Arts and Humanities Scholarship Fund

Arts and Humanities Graduate Fellowships

Enriching our campus community

State-of-the-art facilities like the new Arts and Humanities Building and programs such as the Institute for the Arts and Humanities Excellence Initiative enable scholars from disparate departments to connect, create and thrive. And sustained support for faculty endowed chairs helps us recruit and retain academic rock stars. 

Arts and Humanities Excellence Fund

The Conrad Prebys Music Center

Sparking research and innovation

Promoting academic excellence

Making an Impact


Memory of Film Student to Live on through Media Awards

Intrigued by the stories of others, Adam Kamil had a special way of getting people to share their life on film. A visual arts student at UC San Diego, he would traverse the sandy avenues of Ocean Beach with his video camera, capturing the narratives of those he met.

After his passing in 2009, his family established the Adam Douglas Kamil Media Awards at UC San Diego, as well as endowed the program with a $150,000 gift. In memory of Adam and in recognition of their generous gift, the Mandeville Center Gallery Annex has been named the Adam D. Kamil Gallery.

“We established the Adam Douglas Kamil Student Media Award in our son’s memory, especially as a tribute to his creativity and to his belief in the power of the media to connect people,” explained Elaine Kamil. “We are thrilled to know that Adam’s creative spirit will live on through the Adam D. Kamil Gallery, where students can showcase their talents, share inspiration and connect with one another.”

The award program draws more students each year, offering aspiring filmmakers a chance to polish their media production skills and build confidence—like Yu Chen, whose film “Grandma” recently received the top award.

“The Kamil Award inspires me to pursue my passions as a filmmaker artist and capture beauty from a different perspective,” said Chen. “I appreciate the Kamil Family for helping artists like me gain exposure. It makes me happy to know that people enjoy my work.”


Arts and Humanities Changemaker

Late Artist, Educator and Mingei International Museum Founder Martha W. Longenecker Roth Remembered with $1 Million Artist-in-Resident Endowment

Martha W. Longenecker Roth’s life was multifaceted, encompassing work as an artist, educator and museum director. After a career teaching at San Diego State University, she founded the Mingei International Museum in 1978, inspired by the teachings of the revered 20th century Japanese scholar Soetsu Yanagi, who coined the term mingei, “min” meaning all people and “gei” meaning art.

When she passed away in October 2013, her cousin Ana Smythe established the Martha Longenecker Roth Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Endowment at UC San Diego as a fitting tribute to a woman who had loved La Jolla and the university. The program will bring exceptionally talented, high caliber artists to the Department of Visual Arts to practice, present to and instruct students during a critical stage of their artistic development.

“In the spirit of Martha’s historic impact on the visual arts in both local and global communities, this permanently endowed program will extend her legacy to generations of aspiring artists and the legions of audiences and visitors impacted by their work,” said Smythe.


The Campaign for UC San Diego: Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at



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Julie Bronstein

Senior Director of Development, Arts and Humanities

(858) 534-9043

Tracy Johnson

Director of Development, Arts and Humanities

(858) 822-0056


3rd in the nation

Time-based media/new media fine arts program; Latin American History ranked 12th best (U.S. News and World Report)


5th in the world

Best MFA program in theatre and dance

(Hollywood Reporter)


Renowned faculty

Including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, and the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship


The Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

Acoustically one of the finest small concert halls in the world.