The CORAI Project was an abstract idea that formed through the years into a mission-driven philanthropic organization founded in August of 2016. 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.
For three years, the CORAI Project provided springboard grants to art historians that work to change the field by challenging old parameters and proposing new theories. Art Historians at the B.A., M.A., or Ph.D level were eligible to apply for aid.
We also sponsored STEM ventures that aligned with our inclusive approach.
The CORAI Project elevated and worked to ensure the legacy of diverse art histories by providing funding to emerging art historians.
To recognize the art histories of people of color, women, and other historically marginalized groups as invaluable narratives within the field.
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 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.
2018 The CORAI Project’s mission to revolutionize art history one grant at a time by Maya Leshikar, UW Daily (Seattle)
2018 An Interview with Andrea Iaroc, Founder and Executive Director of the CORAI Project by Joelle Te Paske, CAA News (New York City)
2017 Art + Art History Alumna Opens Doors in Art History for People of Color in Washington State by Camila Fernandez, FIU CARTA News (Miami)