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Spelman College Receives $5.4 Million Grant to Increase Diversity in the Arts

Atlanta’s Spelman College has announced that it received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies, allowing the school to offer students the opportunity to major in art history and minor in curatorial studies. The funds aim to help Spelman, a historically black college, transform the institution into “a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.”

In addition to increasing academic offerings and funding scholarships, the grant will also support paid internships at museums and other cultural institutions, a visiting associate professorship in art history, a curator-in-residence, a 2019 lecture series, and a summer program for high school students. Students from Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University will also be able to enroll in the new program, which will launch in the fall of 2019.

“The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and Clark Atlanta University Art Museum are national treasures,” said Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell. “The Walton Family Foundation grant builds on this history. We applaud the foundation’s commitment to closing the diversity gap to ensure that leadership at the nation’s cultural institutions begins to reflect the shifting demographic profile of the communities they serve.”