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Bard College gets funds for Indigenous Studies program

Sep 29, 2022 12:23 pm

The Art Newspaper reports that Bard College is getting a $50 million dollar endowment gift for Indigenous Studies at the Dutchess County school. The $25 million gifts from the Gochman Family Foundation, and a matching commitment from George Soros and the Open Society Foundations, will create a Center for Indigenous Studies at Bard College as well as create an appointment for an Indigenous Curatorial Fellow at its Center for Curatorial Studies. The college is working with Forge Project, a Taghkanic-based organization focused on Indigenous art and education. Candice Hopkins, the executive director of Forge Project, will be the inaugural fellow in Indigenous Art History and Curatorial Studies at Bard, teaching and leading archival acquisitions, and curating a large exhibition on contemporary Native art. “This gift represents institutional change, which has been building at Bard and is core to the vision of Forge Project. These lands are layered with histories that are inextricably bound by the displacement and forced removal of Indigenous peoples, yet also rich with knowledge,” Hopkins said in a statement. “This gift provides the basis for the future building of this knowledge, to shift and expand discourses across fields of study, whether it be in Indigenous and American studies, art history, or curatorial practice. Critically, it also centers on the needs of Indigenous students, reducing barriers to higher education, and recognizes that students want to attend programs where they see their interests reflected.” Bard announced last week it has received $3.2 million to permanently endow the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism, an annual faculty position within the Center for Curatorial Studies graduate program and the undergraduate Human Rights Program. The endowment is made possible by a grant of $800,000 from the Keith Haring Foundation and matching funds from the Marieluise Hessel Foundation and benefactor George Soros, the college said. Read more about this story in The Art Newspaper.

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