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Advancing Meaning, Values, and Creativity

We must exemplify the centrality of meaning, values, and creativity in the mission of the research university. Building on its nearly four centuries of rigorous intellectual inquiry, Harvard must embrace these purposes in new ways. In all it undertakes, Harvard must reinforce the significance of transcending the immediate and instrumental to explore and understand what humans have thought, done, and been, and thus to imagine where they might best seek to go.

art center

A rendering of architect Renzo Piano's Art Study Centers, part of the Harvard Art Museums renovation. Art Study Centers are specialized, supervised environments that allow for personal, intimate interactions with original works of art from all media and disciplines.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Aspiration in Action

Arts: Moving to Center Stage

The next 10 years promise myriad changes in how the arts are practiced, studied, and displayed at Harvard.

See, compare, reason, decide

Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History, discusses the value of the humanities.

A Musical is Born

From score to workshop to stage, the American Repertory Theater’s Witness Uganda has defied both odds and pigeonholing.

A Faith in Global Care

Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard, says his work in global health was inspired by liberation theology.

Ways to Support

To achieve our aspirations, Harvard will build on strengths across the University. There have never been more great ideas, great thinkers, or great opportunities worthy of your support. Below are just a few examples.

Digital Arts and Creativity

Underwrite the development of innovative new approaches to arts-making and creativity using state-of-the-art digital equipment and facilities.


Create an Arts Lectureship to bring practicing artists to campus for short-term teaching and mentoring.


Underwrite the newly established undergraduate Architecture Studies track, a collaboration between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Design.

Contact us for more information on how you can get involved.

University Development Office