Belcher College - Friends of the Arts

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The Arts are more than entertainment:

  • They help us develop our self-awareness and social awareness.
  • They allow us to feel and show empathy for others.
  • They create opportunities to give voice to the unheard and a space to share our common experience.
  • They give us the gift of seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.

But now we need you to play your part. We need you to support our students in building a better world. We need you to help us change lives through the power of education and the Arts.

Music, Theatre, Dance, Film, and the Visual Arts allow us to celebrate the full spectrum of our humanity, while, at the same time, empower us to reject and mourn the darkness of our inhumanity. Reminding us that even when we are apart, the Arts bring us together.

David Orr Belcher, a true Friend of the Arts, passionately believed that all of us at Western Carolina University are in the business of changing lives. He believed, as so many of us do, in the transformational power of education and the arts, not just in terms of workforce development, but in the full compass of human development. To paraphrase the great American playwright, Thornton Wilder, the Arts “are the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” 

These students – the next generation of artists, teachers, scholars, and leaders – need your help. We humbly ask that you contribute to the Friends of the Arts to support our young artists as they build a better world for us all. 

Your generosity creates art and beauty, transforms our students lives, and makes Western Carolina University an amazing place for the Arts!

Thank you!


Interested in creating a matching gift or challenge? Please contact the Director of Annual Giving, Jonathan Brooks at with any questions and for assistance in completing the online form.

Donating to a specific match or challenge? Remember to select all “affiliations” that apply to your gift located at the end of the donation page.

Want to mail a check instead of donating online? Please make checks out to the "WCU Foundation" and include "Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts" in the memo line. Mail checks to "Western Carolina University, c/o University Advancement, 201 HF Robinson, 1 University Way, Cullowhee, NC 28723".

Not yet ready to donate but still would like to receive updates from the Friends of the Arts and the Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts? Please visit to sign-up for e-newsletters.

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If you have questions about your donation, please direct any further questions to Jonathan Brooks at

If you have questions about Friends of the Arts or the Belcher College please contact Shannon Owsley at

Be A Friend Of The Arts

Enjoy Friends of the Arts Board Chair, Terry Welch, share her passion for the Belcher College.

15 days ago by Jonathan Brooks
A Message From Tyler Mc Kenzie '13

Hear from Friends of the Arts advocate Tyler McKenzie, a WCU School of Stage and Screen alumni and Broadway actor!

30 days ago by Jonathan Brooks
$ For $ Match From Vannoy!

Vannoy Construction believes in determination and creativity, two words that define WCU Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts students. Their gracious support helps build the futures of our students and strengthens our community, reminding us that even when we are apart, the arts bring us together.

39 days ago by Jonathan Brooks
A Message From Susan Belcher

Hear from Susan Belcher, spouse of former Chancellor, David O. Belcher, on why the arts are more important than ever before.

43 days ago by Jonathan Brooks

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