Marymount Manhattan College receives $25 million gift

Marymount Manhattan College receives $25 million gift

Marymount Manhattan College has announced a $25 million gift from the Carson Family Charitable Trust in support of scholarships and a center for visual arts.

The gift from alumna Judith Mara Carson ('03) and her family — the largest in the college's eighty-five-year history — includes $15 million to establish the Judith Mara Carson Center for Visual Arts and $10 million for scholarships. To be located in a 12,000-square-foot space in the school's main building, which was renamed Carson Hall in 2016 in recognition of the couple's longstanding support, the center will serve as a hub for creative teaching and learning for the Marymount community.  

The gift also will support visual arts programming that blends artistic practice and research with other disciplines, including business, communications, dance, theatre, and the sciences and social sciences, as well as classes and workshops for adult and pre-college students.

"The contribution of the arts to daily life, community well-being, and the national economy is indisputable yet under-appreciated," said Judith Mara Carson. "The visual arts in particular spark dialogue, bring people together, and drive economic development. This is why Russ and I, along with our children, Cecily and Edward, are passionate about establishing a contemporary visual arts center at Marymount Manhattan and providing access to students from diverse backgrounds who will be connected to abundant professional opportunities in the visual arts."