︎Across the nation, institutions of higher learning are looking beyond academics and questioning what life skills are required to prepare graduates for the modern workforce. Beyond its value in the classroom or campus museum, consuming art is effective in fostering key analytical and interpersonal skills for students’ future careers. Likewise, in an increasingly isolating technological world, institutions are asking how to create greater connection among students for better mental health as part of that preparedness. Students who arrive on campus and attempt to forge community from scratch in a new place often experience senses of stress and isolation. Art is valuable for reducing these phenomena by creating sources of connection among students in communal spaces. Thoughtful art programming is increasingly a key component of good design for student-centered spaces across campus communities.