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!

Foundation, Government and Nonprofit Organizations

ArtCenter’s Foundation and Government Relations team manages the College’s relationships with local, regional, and national grantmakers; including foundations, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.

ArtCenter’s institutional funders’ generosity is reflected in named spaces such as Ahmanson Auditorium at our Hillside Campus and The Fletcher Jones Foundation studios and Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall at our South Campus. Funding also supports ArtCenter classroom studios, public programs, and exhibitions such as The Rose Hills Foundation-supported Vaccinate Pasadena transdisciplinary studio, Seeing the Unseeable: Data, Design, Art exhibition made possible by the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, and lastly, the College’s participation in Pasadena Unified School District’s My Masterpieces cultural field trip program made possible by the California Art Council.

Additionally, funders like The William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Pasadena Art Alliance help bring an ArtCenter education within financial reach for scores of students through their generous support of scholarships; and funders such as The Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation strengthen the College’s community ties by underwriting our K-12 art and design programs offered through ArtCenter Extension (ACX) and in partnership with local schools and youth-serving nonprofits.

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


To inquire about partnership opportunities, please contact:

Regina Dowling-Jones

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Development Communications
626 396-2431

For more information about supporting ArtCenter, please contact:

Andrew Kaiser

Executive Director, Foundation and Government Relations
626 396-2426