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The Katzen Arts Center is an innovative space that merges the visual and performing arts and nurtures the interdisciplinary spirit of an American University education. Named for passionate and generous AU supporters Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen, the Katzen Arts Center stands as a focal point for student life and community involvement, and reflects the excitement of a liberal arts education at AU. 

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center has established itself as a destination for the arts community in Washington, DC. The museum is home to the Watkins collection of contemporary art and features rotating visiting exhibits. In 2014, AU announced the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, which will provide gallery space dedicated to Washington art and artists, and programming to support local art. 

Share your passion for the arts! Learn about the many ways to become involved in the Katzen Arts Center and show your support for the arts at AU.

Become a Donor

Donors are vital to the arts at the Katzen Arts Center and the arts at AU. You may choose to give to the Katzen Arts Center, the AU Museum, or to a specific department or program. Your contributions play an important role in the lives of our students and our community, and have a lasting effect on the future of the arts at AU. For additional information, please contact Andrew Dean at 202-885-6607 or adean@american.edu.

Planned Giving

Establish your legacy with AU and the Katzen Arts Center. For more information on planned giving opportunities, please contact Kara Barnes at 202-885-5914 or kbarnes@american.edu.

Naming Opportunities

Share your passion for the arts with the entire AU community by naming an area in the Katzen Art Center. Learn more about these opportunities by contacting Andrew Dean at 202-885-6607 or adean@american.edu.

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Become an AU Museum Volunteer or Intern

The AU Museum offers opportunities for local community members and students to join AU burgeoning art scene as volunteers or interns.