Skidmore College has announced a $1 million challenge grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in support of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.
The one-to-one matching grant will be applied to the Tang's endowment and support expansion of the museum’s programming, which includes artist-led workshops and seminars, object-based learning for community groups and public schools, student-curated exhibitions, and open houses for Skidmore students and faculty, the Saratoga Springs community, and visitors to the Albany area. The grant also will be used to endow an assistant director for engagement position and fund programs targeting new audiences, including school-age students and adults from traditionally underserved communities.
In addition, the Illumination Fund will host a New York City exhibition of works from "I was a double," an exhibition curated by Ian Berry and composer David Lang that explores the intersection of music and the fine arts. The Illumination Fund has been a supporter of the Tang since 2008, when it provided $1.2 million to the museum as part of a challenge campaign aimed at expanding the use of museum resources in Skidmore coursework and supporting programs featuring visiting artists and scholars from around the world.
"Our mission as a teaching museum is central to everything we do at the Tang," said museum director Berry. "We are grateful to the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund for its continued support and for its recognition of our work fostering meaningful exchange and dialogue in our community and new ways of learning for our audiences here in Saratoga and beyond."