The ICA Miamis Art + Research Center, an educational initiative that focusses on social and environmental issues, will see a major expansion through a $2m grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The funding will support Research.Art, a new web platform for digital scholarship and interactive learning due to be launched in the coming months, an academic partnership with the University of Miamis Africana Studies Program, public events including an annual keynote speakers series, and the creation of two new staff positions in addition to the promotion of Gean Moreno, currently the ICAs curator of programmes, as the research centres director. In light of the gift, the project will also be renamed the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center.
The newly expanded center will act as a “bridge between looking at artistic production and at the general cultural conditions that we live under,” Moreno explains. “With this new grant, we can expand everything,” he adds, noting that theyve been able to hire a production manager and media producer to work on uploading a massive archive, including four years worth of lectures to the forthcoming site, where theyll be available to the public.
“An important thing is that all of this is free,” Moreno says. This includes graduate-style courses taught at the A+RC, that anyone can apply to. “We had a really good application turnout this summer so we asked the faculty to teach two sections,” he adds.
The centres keynote lecture series started in February this year with a talk by Hilton Als, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, curator, and critic. And the partnership with the University of Miami began last year with a course titled “Read More – Source