JCSU Receives $975,000 grant from Mellon Foundation

Updated: 2/10/2014 4:24 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing

704-330-1338  jgaskins@jcsu.edu



Charlotte, N.C. – January 24, 2014 – Johnson C. Smith University has received a $975,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support faculty development and expand the curriculum in the Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts.


The new funding will also support a Mellon Early Career Faculty Development Program for technology and new media, an emerging scholars lecture series and a collaborative research initiative, according Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Over the next three years, the grant will enable the university to further develop its innovative curriculum in studio art, graphic art, film, dance and theatre by increasing the number of faculty in dance, adding a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a full-time faculty member in technical theatre.

The foundation initially helped raise the prominence of visual and performing arts at Johnson C. Smith University in 2008 by establishing an interdisciplinary degree in visual and performing arts with five concentrations. Recent Department of Education studies suggest interdisciplinary instruction currently is valued among employers.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,300 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit www.jcsu.edu or follow the university on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and  http://pinterest.com/jcsu/   

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