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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
January 14, 2005

Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society Receives Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

The center was launched in 2000 with a previous foundation gift

PITTSBURGH—The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has given the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University a $500,000 grant that will fund the center's operations for the next three years.

The center will use the grant to develop and expand its activities. Next fall, the center will begin a year-long seminar on scholarship in the history of the arts. Organized as a series of lectures and workshops, the seminar will bring to campus several distinguished scholars who exemplify a pluralistic approach to arts histories and whose work invites deeper reflection on what arts histories might be as a distinct approach to history and culture. The center will hold its first conference, "(Im)permanence: Cultures in/out of Time," which will culminate in an edited volume, including documentation of exhibits and performances. The center also is sponsoring a series of workshops that bring scholars together around a specific topic. This year's topic is "Memory."

"In its four years, the center has markedly influenced the university community, contributing to the enhancement of humanities on campus, exploring the changes in scholarship that result from collaboration between artists and humanists, and introducing new theories and practices in the arts and humanities through programs and events," said Judith Schachter Modell, director of the center.

Launched in 2000 with a grant from the foundation, the center is a multidisciplinary research and education center that brings together scholars who are interested in studies of culture and society, as well as the history and production of the arts. The center sponsors a regular series of events including panel discussions, faculty presentations and guest lectures. It also brings visiting scholars to campus each year, and it sponsors the university's arts in society minor. The center is a collaboration of the College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon and is a part of the university's Humanities Initiative.

"We are truly pleased that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recognizes and appreciates these achievements and we are grateful for the support that allows us to move forward in the future," said Schachter Modell, a professor of anthropology and history at Carnegie Mellon.


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