The American Culture and Ideas Initiative

at the Fred Fox School of Music

Washington DC Capitol building

Provides students with an ennobling vision— a sense of a larger purpose and a higher calling through the meaning and beauty of the arts. Its overarching mission is the betterment of students’ lives and the public through a richer engagement with the aesthetic, philosophical, economic, and historical foundations of American society, with an emphasis on how art and culture relate to the lives they lead. It brings the breadth and diversity of Western civilization to the forefront of higher education through scholarship, curricula, outreach, and cultural training.