Help Make a Difference!
The Department of Screen Arts and Cultures has become the model for excellence in studies and production integration at universities throughout the country. Maintaining our educational excellence requires significant financial investment. You can make a difference in the lives of our students and professors.
This fund gives the Department's Chair the flexibility to meet wide range of needs—whether it's purchasing equipment, funding students in need, or supporting our student's own initiatives.
A gift to our Strategic Fund supports:
Help us train the next generation of Screen Arts professors. Our Doctoral Student Fund helps students purchase important books and videos, take research trips to archives, present their work at academic conferences, and meets their everyday needs. A major endowment would allow us to expand the cohort from two to three students a year, but small donations are welcome.*
The Donald Hall Collection (DHC)
The Hall Collection is an unique archive of its kind in the country, boasting 18,000 DVDs and 3,000 screenplays and counting. It is also a highly valuable resource for our students, so it must be kept current in order to meet their needs. The DHC also accepts screenplays, press kits, videos, and DVDs. If you wish to donate items, please e-mail DHC Librarian Phillip Hallman at email@example.com. An annual gift of any amount, or a $200,000 endowment, will provide the funds necessary to purchase new materials (35mm and 16mm films, DVD’s, and scripts) and maintain the quality of the Collection.*
Technology/Equipment for Production Coursework
State-of-the-art equipment is essential if SAC students are to be proficient in the use of advanced technology. Purchasing and maintaining the technology is expensive, but central to the quality of the education that Screen Arts & Cultures provides.
Each year, the Department brings distinguished professional screenwriters, producers, directors, and editors to campus to give students access to the best in the field. During their one- to-three day visits, these working artists teach classes, critique student work, present screenings and lead discussions of their own work. The goal is to sponsor eight to ten visits per year. Gifts of $3,000 to $10,000 will fund a single visit by a working artist.
Donating to the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures
By check: Please make checks out to "University of Michigan" and mail to the SAC Main Office. Please indicate the intended account on the memo line:
Screen Arts & Cultures Strategic Fund (308523) - To donate to a specific subcategory, please also indicate: Doctoral students, DHC, or Technology/Equipment.
Screenwriting Program Fund (367261) - To donate to the Screenwriting Program mail a check to UM Screen Arts & Cultures 6330 North Quad, 105 S. State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285.
*If your gift is designated for endowment, distributions from the Fund shall be made in accordance with the University’s then existing endowment distribution policy. If interested in donating to one of the new funding areas, please call the SAC Chair’s Office at (734) 763-4087.