Arts in Motion to support Dean’s Council to help students affected by COVID-19

Arts in Motion - College of Arts and Humanities students performing, in school and graduating.

Join us for the Annual Art in Motion Showcase! Click here for list of events.


The College of Arts and Humanities takes pride in supporting the full range of students’ and faculty’s creative and academic endeavors, all made possible through generous gifts made to the Dean’s Council Annual Fund.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on many students, both mentally and financially. Most classes have moved to an online environment, and the daily campus population is a small fraction of what it was before the pandemic. Many students who rely upon on-campus jobs have found those positions are no longer available. Also, because students take classes from home, they need to have a computer and reliable internet connection as they can no longer access the library computer labs. 

The students’ increased needs have prompted the Dean’s Council Annual Fund to broaden the scope of the discretionary fund to include immediate needs for students. To launch the effort, any donations made for Arts in Motion will be used for students’ immediate needs. The funds raised will be used to address students’ food or housing insecurity, health, mental health, technology needs, or any unexpected hardship that prevents them from completing their semester. 

Arts in Motion is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 and celebrates the College of Arts and Humanities’ top students with performances and recognition. During the event, the Students of Distinction from each Department are honored, and the Dean’s Medalists are named. The Dean’s Medalists are then eligible to win the President’s Medal at Commencement. We invite you to RSVP and support our excellent students.

From April 5-10, we invite you also to join us for the inaugural Arts in Motion Showcase — a series of eight events culminating in the Arts in Motion ceremony. Most of the virtual events are free, and all are open to the public. 

Here are some examples of how past Dean’s Council discretionary funds have helped students in their academic pursuits:

The monumental journey of Anabella Monzon
Anabella Monzon has already had a storied career as an artist. A highly regarded muralist, her creations have graced public spaces in Kansas City, Missouri; Seattle, Washington; and San Diego, California for decades. But that life came to an end when her husband died.


Kai DiMino on stage at Fresno State.
Kai DiMino on stage at Fresno State.

After overcoming brain cancer, alumnus Kai DiMino finds strength through theater

Battling a rare childhood brain cancer at a young age, DiMino went through several years of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and was told that he would lose various cognitive, motor, and physical abilities. The long-lasting effects would prevent him from many activities. However, at age seven, when he had beaten cancer, he learned to adapt.


Rodolfo Avelar
Rodolfo Avelar

Creative Writing student lands coveted publishing internship

Fresno State English major Rodolfo Avelar never imagined himself sitting on a balcony overlooking downtown Minneapolis for his work, reading poetry manuscripts and thinking about graphic design.


Camp News mock breaking news situation
Camp News mock breaking news situation

Journalism students learn ‘breaking news’ in an immersive environment

What makes Camp News unique are the mock situations which present students with a realistic look at breaking news reporting. These mock-ups include real-life emergency crews and law enforcement, along with some dramatic acting.


Young Ghana boy in a cocoa tree
Young Ghana boy in a cocoa tree

Six Media, Communications and Journalism students gain real-world experience and new perspectives in Ghana

The 16-day trip allowed Fresno State students to be part of a university-wide international service-learning project to help cocoa farmers make business decisions to increase income generation in their community.

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Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities Communication Specialist

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