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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Major Grant to Bard College
First-time grant for the Bard Graduate Center will create a new curriculum on conservation and material culture
New York, NY—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $490,000 to create a new curriculum, “Cultures of Conservation” at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture.
“The BGC has developed rapidly over the last two decades into a leading center for the study of objects and the “pasts” to which they give access,” explains Dean Peter Miller. “With the assistance of Mellon Foundation funding, we will build on our unique cross-disciplinary perspective by bringing professors and graduate students together with objects conservators for a curriculum-based dialogue on the concepts and practices of conservation as they bear on the study of the material record.”
“I founded the BGC with the conviction that the aspirations and habits of civilization are revealed through objects, which are fundamental to the lives of all individuals,” said Dr. Susan Weber, the BGC’s Founder and Director. “With this initiative, the Center will augment the existing program of study by integrating conceptual and technical issues of conservation into the broader scholarly dialogue, thereby bridging the divide between theory and practice in the study of material culture. We are honored to have received the support of the Mellon Foundation for this important step in the evolution of the BGC’s unique program.”
Bard College has received several grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in recent years, designed to enhance curricular and co-curricular programs and activities of the College.
For more information about the BGC’s Culture of Conservation curriculum, please call 212-501-3057, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September 5, 2012
This event was last updated on 09-09-2012