Why Partner with ArtCenter?

Strategic Partnerships Support Tomorrow’s Change Makers. ArtCenter strategically partners with corporations, foundations, government and non-profit organizations whose missions align with ours, and together we are able to invest in designing a better future.


Engagement with industry has been a critical element of the ArtCenter experience since it was founded in 1930. Our Strategic Partnership Program is designed to establish mutually beneficial relationships with like-minded corporations to drive innovation and create lasting impact.

Why Corporations Partner with ArtCenter?

  1. Access to Industry Expertise: Gain access to our pool of industry experts and thought leaders who can provide valuable insights, guidance, and support. Collaborating with us means tapping into a wealth of knowledge and experience to tackle design challenges and seize new opportunities.
  2. Innovation and Co-Creation: Together, we can unlock new possibilities through collaborative innovation. By combining our faculty expertise with the blue-sky perspective from the next generation of innovators, we can co-create groundbreaking solutions, products, and services through a human-centered approach that will address some of the world’s most important challenges faced today.
  3. Networking and Collaboration Opportunities: Engage in meaningful networking and collaboration opportunities with other like-minded corporate partners and the renowned ArtCenter community. Connect with industry peers, share best practices, and explore potential synergies that can lead to new business ventures and partnerships.
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Demonstrate your commitment to corporate social responsibility by aligning with our impactful Design for Sustainability initiatives where art and design meets social change. By partnering with us, you'll contribute to making a lasting and positive difference for our future while enhancing your brand's reputation and social impact.
  5. Amplify Your Brand: Join forces with a global art and design school, and together we can leverage our established reputations and worldwide networks, reaching new audiences and strengthening our alliances for creating positive change with lasting impact.

Program Highlights

  1. Tailored Partnership Plans: We understand that every corporation has unique goals and requirements. Our customized partnership plans are tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring a mutually beneficial collaboration.
  2. Dedicated Strategic Partnership: Benefit by working directly with our VP of Strategic Partnerships and Development Communications, who will work closely with you to understand your objectives, provide ongoing support, and ensure a seamless partnership experience.
  3. Exclusive Events and Opportunities: Gain exclusive access to campus events and in-classroom experiences which will allow you to interact closely with tomorrow’s change makers. Participate in thought-provoking discussions, engage with industry influencers, and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations imagined by today’s young designers.
  4. Brand Exposure: Showcase your brand in collaboration with ArtCenter College of Design’s expert marketing team to gain publicity and social media reach.

Ways to Partner

  1. Named and Endowed Scholarships
  2. Naming Opportunities (Buildings, Labs, Classrooms)
  3. Sponsored Projects
  4. Licensing and Services
  5. Faculty Research and Professional Development

Partner with ArtCenter and embark on a journey of collaborative success. Together, with your support, we will shape the future together!

To inquire about partnership opportunities, please contact Regina Dowling-Jones, VP Strategic Partnerships and Development Communications.

Foundation, Government and Nonprofit Organizations

The Foundation and Government Relations team serves as a catalyst for developing and strengthening relationships between the ArtCenter community and grantmaking organizations.

ArtCenter has strong relationships with foundation and government grantmakers throughout the grantmaking sector, including local, regional, and national foundations; public agencies; and nonprofit partners. Evidence of this can be found throughout our campuses in named spaces (the Ahmanson Auditorium, The Fletcher Jones Foundation classrooms, the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall, and many others), and in the ongoing renovation activities as we expand and enhance our existing educational facilities.

In addition, grants secured help to support faculty and students by funding special projects, courses and curricular development, and are particularly vital for the health of our outreach, community engagement, and vision for access, affordability and inclusion, which enhances our public programming for teens and educators through ArtCenter Extension (ACX), as well as broadens our outreach education in partnership with local K12 schools.

Our Work Includes

  • Connecting philanthropic foundations, government agencies, or other nonprofit organizations with ArtCenter faculty and programs of interest
  • Facilitating introductions to ArtCenter leaders and experts
  • Organizing, planning, and hosting visits to campus
  • Developing letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and gift/grant agreements
  • Convening campus community conversations around themes of interest to funders
  • Advising on strategies for maximizing collaborations with ArtCenter
  • Working with funders to ensure that their grant objectives are met
  • Facilitating reporting on gifts and grants
  • Facilitating public recognition for gift/grant support

For more information about supporting ArtCenter, please email

Change starts with you.

Your generosity makes a lasting impact in the lives of ArtCenter students, faculty, staff, friends and family. Thank you for supporting the next generation of change makers.