Mellon Foundation Grants the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) $250,000 to Support Capacity Building; Research, Restitution, and Community Building Projects
CHICAGO (June 13, 2022) - For the past forty years, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association has supported scholars, artists, and museum professionals engaged with the arts of Africa and its diasporas. Today, this professional organization received a prestigious quarter-million-dollar grant from the Mellon Foundation to bolster its organizational structure, providing a strong base for its critical support and advocacy projects.
Geared at capacity building, this grant falls under the Mellon Foundation’s Arts and Culture program, which aims in part to support historically under-resourced organizations and encourage “new structures and organizational models that reflect their holistic approach to social change.” Running from July 2022 through June 2025, this transformative award is the largest grant that ACASA has received in its history.
ACASA President Dr. Peju Layiwola (University of Lagos) notes “We are excited and elated at receiving a Mellon Foundation Grant. This guarantees that the work of the association will continue with renewed vigor, building on the efforts of our founding members and previous boards. This grant gives us hope for the future.”
- Hiring a Board Administrator/Project Manager to streamline structural organization; establish archives; and assist in planning and executing the 2024 Triennial Symposium of African Art. A job description and application for this position will be available on ACASA’s website in late July 2022.
- Expanding ACASA’s global membership, with a focus on attracting Africa- and Caribbean-based members
- Producing a free Wiki of Collectors & Dealers of Historical African Arts to address provenance challenges in the field, including restitution efforts.
- Supporting the activities of ACASA’s Collaboration, Collections, and Restitution Best Practices for North American Museums Holding African Objects (CCRBP) working group.
About the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)
The only professional organization in the United States dedicated to the study of African arts, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) facilitates communication among scholars, teachers, students, artists, museum specialists, collectors, and all others interested in the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. Founded in 1981–82, ACASA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. It sponsors the Triennial Symposium on African Art, the premier forum for presenting cutting-edge research on the art of Africa and its Diaspora, presenting awards for the best publications, exhibitions, and leaders in the field. Notable initiatives for promoting the advancement of African art scholarship include a book distribution project to support African and Caribbean museums and libraries, and a publication project that produced the landmark textbook A History of Art in Africa (Pearson Prentice Hall). For more information about the organization, its activities, and its global membership, visit acasaonline.org
Please direct inquiries to ACASA President Dr. Peju Layiwola (email@example.com)