The CORAI Project was an abstract idea that formed through the years into a mission-driven philanthropic organization. Art historians have been instrumental in the arts & culture and in developing theories and parameters to better understand the development of art through time and its impacts on society. It is not a secret that the history of art was built on a Western, Eurocentric foundation and that this filter has been detrimental to the status of non-Western art in museums, galleries, and the global community. High caliber skills and generational knowledge, across non-Western and agricultural cultures, were just as important as the classic European schools in nurturing the creation of art masters. People of all ages, abilities, groups, and ethnic backgrounds have created art in different ways and it is time for a more critical push of certain comfortable and traditional boundaries in art history.
The CORAI Project seeks to provide springboard grants to art historians that are working to change the field, those that are challenging old parameters and theories, and those that are creating new philosophies. Springboard grants aid young or starting art historians at the B.A, M.A. or Ph.D level in achieving their goals, which is the only restriction. As an organization that leads with and for equity in every area of contemporary society, we hope to make a difference in our communities.
To grow the breadth and economic impact of our grants, effectively recognize movers and shakers in our field, and improve art history's inclusion, equity, and academic scope.
CORAI stands for:
The Greek Ionic order is studied in every art history 101 class. It is part of classic architecture and, to this day, is used in governmental and certain religious buildings. It very much represents the Western roots of the field, as well as the palm that opens up on the background. Both Romans and Greeks were fond of foliage to adorn their capitals. In the middle, however, is a South American heliconia shooting upwards - transcending the heavy and old marble foundation.
Founder | Executive Director
independent art historian | nonprofit professional
Andrea created the CORAI Project to help art historians, in particular those without the privileges to access professional networks and generous financial resources. For more than ten years, her passion for historical research, teaching, writing, and philanthropy have advanced her work in museums and other art institutions, and forwarded her understanding of non-profits and intentional community work. An iconographer at heart, her current independent research interests focus on cultural hybridity and identity art. To learn more about Andrea,click here.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
PGC Museum Studies, 2013
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
B.A Art History | Italian, 2008
Director of Communications and Outreach
independent curator | Museum professional
For the past 8 years, Tara has been actively engaging with the Seattle arts community. She received her B.A. with honors in Art History from the University of Washington and has held a number of positions in development, events, and programming capacities. Art that sparks social action is what inspires Tara the most and drives her passion for revolutionizing art history. As an advocate and an ally, Tara is dedicated to promoting racial equity and creating platforms for underrepresented individuals.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
B.A Art History, 2014
Anonymous (8) . Belle Hall . Brandie Nordstrum . Carole D'inverno . Eduardo Díaz* . Jody Joldersma . Juan Piedrahita . Laura Chrisman . Marilyn Montufar . Mark J. Haggerty* . María Elena García . Mei B. Valenzuela . Melissa Carter . Michael Dreger* . Nancy Current . Richard Donaldson . Satpreet Kahlon . Seema Gajria . Tracy Cilona
*Heliconia Grant Support Circle