UMFA and library receive grant to collaborate on Intermountain West initiative

The J. Willard Marriott Library and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah have been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (Photo: UMFA)

(KUTV) – The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah have been awarded a $500,000 grant.

This half-million-dollar grant given by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide partial funding for a four-year collaborative project.

According to the University of Utah, the project will establish the school as a global resource hub for artists and scholars studying the West and create access to the school’s remarkable collections, resources, and knowledge.

“We are delighted that the Mellon Foundation recognizes the tremendous opportunity this collaboration represents and the capability of the library and museum to deliver and lead transformative change,” said Ruth Watkins, University Senior Vice President for academic affairs, in a news release.

The project entitled ‘Landscape, Land Art, and the American West: A Joint Research and Engagement Initiative of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the J. Willard Marriott Library’ will transform how the library and museum work together.

“The project will increase the visibility and value of these overlapping collections, focus our contributions toward the academic goals of the university, energize faculty and support students to excel as informed and engaged citizens,” said Alberta Comer, dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and university librarian, in a news release.

Through this new initiative, these collections will be linked in ways that enable students, faculty, and researchers to systematically mine content for innovative learning and teaching.

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