Latest Andrew W. Mellon Foundation News

3 Baltimore schools are trying to diversify higher education

Jan. 08, 2022 09:03 AM EST

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Kimberly Moffitt wants to diversify leadership roles in higher education — traditionally an area with few minorities — to include more women and people of color. Moffitt, interim dean of College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of...

Arts groups innovate to battle COVID-caused revenue downturn

Jan. 03, 2022 14:40 PM EST

Naia Kete, like so many musicians, had her life turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost overnight, Kete’s busy schedule of concerts as a solo artist and with her reggae band Say Real was canceled, eliminating her primary source of income. So when she was approached by...

$2.9M grant to fund totem poles along Juneau waterfront

Dec. 28, 2021 16:10 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native nonprofit organization has received a $2.9 million grant to start building a totem pole trail along Juneau’s waterfront. The Sealaska Heritage Institute said the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will cover 10 poles though the...

Initiative targets diversity gap among leaders in academia

Nov. 28, 2021 16:32 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Researchers at three universities in Maryland will study why there are so few women and people of color in leadership roles at universities. They're also hoping to bring more diversity to those top jobs. The Washington Post reported Saturday...

Award winner Martín Espada among writers in new fellowship

Nov. 19, 2021 09:15 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's winner of the National Book Award for poetry, Martín Espada, is among 20 Puerto Rican writers chosen as the inaugural fellows for a program co-founded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. The Letras...