CORAI Project
Revolutionize Art History™

About

Inclusion. Equity. Altruism.

History

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.

Mission

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. 

Vision

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.  

 

Logo 

Design by Bella Hall 

Design by Bella Hall 

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

 
 
A.I

independent art historian|Museum professional

Andrea Iaroc

For more than ten years, Andrea has worked for museums and other art institutions. During this time she has advanced her understanding of non-profits and intentional community work. She is passionate about historical research, teaching, writing, and philanthropy. Andrea's current independent research focuses on cultural hybridity and identity art, but considers herself an iconographer in general. The idea of creating the CORAI Project came from a need to help art historians, in particular those that do not have the privilege to access certain resources. To learn more about her click here.   

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
PGC Museum Studies, 2013

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
B.A Art History | Italian, 2008

Activities & Affiliations

College Art Association, Member
DeConstruct: Intersectional Performance Critique, Former Author | Founding Member
Burke Museum Equity & Inclusion Committee, Chair and Founding Member

 

 

 
 

 
 
 

Board Members 

 

Adah Hudson

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
M.A Art History

HANNAH HONG FRELOT

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
B.A Art History

andy le

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
B.A Art History|Studio Art, Painting and Drawing

Hannah Hunt Corpuz

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
B.A Art History

Diana M. Espinoza

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-RENO
B.A History

 
 

 
 
 

SUPPORT

HELICONIA ABALOI

Andrea Iaroc*
Mark J. Haggerty*
Michael Dreger*
Richard Donaldson

*Heliconia Grant Support Circle

HELICONIA indica

Eduardo Díaz

heliconia bihai

Anonymous (3)
Carole D'inverno
Jody Joldersma
Juan Piedrahita
Laura Chrisman
María Elena García
Marilyn Montufar
Mei B. Valenzuela
Seema Gajria
Tracy Cilona

HELICONIA FUGAX

Anonymous (2)
Belle Hall
Brandie Nordstrum
Melissa Carter
Nancy Current
Satpreet Kahlon