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.  

 

Name

CORAI stands for:

Creating
Opportunities for
Representing
Art history
Inclusively

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.

 

 
 
 

People

Founder | Executive Director

 
 
A.I

independent art historian|Museum professional

Andrea Iaroc

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.   

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
PGC Museum Studies, 2013

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

Activities & Affiliations

College Art Association Member
Burke Museum Equity & Inclusion Committee, Chair and Founding Member

 

 
 

Director of Development

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independent curator|Museum professional

Tara Peters

For the past 7 years, Tara has been an active participant within the Seattle arts community. She received her B.A. with honors in Art History from the University of Washington. At the heart of her passion for the discipline is a love for art that sparks social action. As an advocate and an ally, Tara is dedicated to promoting racial equity and creating platforms for underrepresented individuals.

 

Activities & Affiliations

American Alliance of Museums Member
Seattle Art Museum Equity Team, staff programming taskforce chair

Education

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
B.A Art History, 2014

 

 
 
 

Board of Directors 

ADAH HUDSON

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
M.A Art History

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Andy Le

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

Diana M. Espinoza

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-RENO
B.A History

HANNAH HONG FRELOT

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
B.A Art History

Hannah Hunt Corpuz, Interim chair

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
B.A Art History

 
 
 

 
 
 

Support

HELICONIA ABALOI

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

*Heliconia Grant Support Circle

HELICONIA indica

Anonymous (2)

heliconia bihai

Anonymous (2)
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