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Yale School of Art Receives $750,000 to Establish New Art and Social Justice Initiative

The Yale School of Art has received an anonymous donation of $750,000 in order to establish a new art and social justice initiative.

The initiative has been created by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the Yale School of Art, Marta Kuzma, as an acknowledgement that graduate art education needs to play a greater role in looking at art through social, cultural, and economic points of view. The donation will also help with scholarships, research, increased pedagogical offerings, student art production, and the exploration of commonsense approaches to critical and collective thinking around public dialogue and social engagement.

“This gift represents a level of generosity that enables the Yale School of Art to address one of the most important issues in society today—equity in graduate level education within which personal or social circumstances, race, gender, ethnic origin, or economic background, might in no way serve as an obstacle to higher learning. Additionally, this gift enlarges the platform on which the Yale School of Art addresses the cross section of art with current debates and issues plaguing society, both nationally and internationally,” said Kuzma.