Duke gets $2.5 million from Mellon

DURHAM, N.C. — A $2.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable Duke University to create the Visual Studies Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort to improve understanding of visual images and spearhead teaching in the area.

The effort was spurred in part by Duke’s newly-developed strategic plan, which identified visual studies as an institutional priority.

The school believes that, in addition to reading and writing, students also must receive an education that helps them become visually “literate.”

The university will house the initiative on Duke’s Central Campus, home of the Nasher Museum of Art.

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