The Rebele's are pillars for the Arts at UC Santa Cruz, the University as a whole and the Santa Cruz County community, giving valuable financial and volunteer support to a broad array of programs and causes for many years.
They established the Rebele Chair in Art History at UCSC in 1996, and also created the Rebele Art History Endowment at the University Library. The Rebele's have provided support for a wide variety of other campus programs including Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Arboretum, the University Center, Arts & Lectures, Pacific Rim Music Festival and Friends of Long Marine Laboratory. In 2009, the Rebeles were honored by UCSC at the 3rd annual "Founders Day" gala as extraordinary individuals due to their outstanding contributions to society.
A re-entry graduate of UCSC with a BA in Art History, Patricia served for eleven years as a trustee of the UCSC Foundation Board, and is currently serving on the Arts Dean's Leadership Board. She was previously on the board of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Rowland has served as President of the Santa Cruz County Symphony Board, and also the California First Amendment Coalition. The Rebele's were pivotal in founding the Family Shelter at the Homeless Services Center in downtown Santa Cruz that now bears their name.
When asked why they support the Arts at UCSC, they replied, "because the arts enrich all of us and are paramount to creating a civilized society. In addition, the arts entertain and inspire us, broaden our understanding, enrich our society and in so many ways make this world a better place. We support the arts at UCSC because this is a place where students can come to learn from highly qualified instructors, and participate in, all of the arts."