Spelman College Receives $ 12 Million Gift For Innovation & Arts Center


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F.or almost 150 years, Spelman College has produced scholars who have shaped their respective industries. Thanks to a historic donation, the HBCU will now continue this tradition. The institution receive a $ 12 million grant from the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to promote their arts programs.

The gift will develop the school’s Center for Innovation & the Arts in Atlanta. The facility will serve as a hub for students exploring avenues that combine art, technology and entrepreneurship. The state-of-the-art building will house common areas, a black box theater, a gallery that is part of the Spelman Museum of Fine Art, and an atrium that connects the school to the wider community. The Spelman Center for Black Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab will also live in the building.

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., President of Spelman, says the donation will help create learning environments that encourage creativity.

“The rapid convergence of art, technology and entrepreneurship with the liberal arts and sciences is starting to give new solutions to old challenges,” she said in a statement. “This new facility will be a dynamic learning environment that will encourage Spelman students to master their chosen subject areas and use technology-inspired solutions to solve persistent urban problems.”

News about the foundation comes almost a year after the actress and director LaTanya Richardson Jackson and her husband actor and filmmaker Samuel L. Jackson US $ 5 million donated to renovate the Spelman Performing Arts Center. The school later announced that the center would be named after the Jacksons.

“The love that both LaTanya and Sam Spelman have shown since they appeared on the stage decades ago is heartwarming,” said President Campbell. “Your dedication to their art will leave a legacy that will inspire Atlanta University Center students for years to come.”


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