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ACASA Receives $250,000 Mellon Foundation grant to support capacity building; research, restitution, and community building projects

For the past forty years, the Arts Council of the African Studies Association has supported scholars, artists, and museum professionals engaged with the arts of Africa and its Diasporas.

Running from July 2022 through June 2025, this transformative award is the largest grant that ACASA has received in its history.

ACASA President Dr. Peju Layiwola (University of Lagos) notes that “We are excited and elated at receiving a Mellon Foundation Grant. This guarantees that the work of the association will continue with renewed vigour, building on the efforts of our founding members and previous boards. This grant gives us hope for the future.”

Please direct inquiries to ACASA President Dr. Peju Layiwola (president@acasaonline.org)

The Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA)

The only professional organization in the United States dedicated to the study of African arts, the

Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) facilitates communication among scholars, teachers, students, artists, museum specialists, collectors, and all others interested in the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Founded in 1981–82, ACASA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. It sponsors the Triennial Symposium on African Art, the premier forum for presenting cutting-edge research on the art of Africa and its Diaspora, presenting awards for the best publications, exhibitions, and leaders in the field.

For more information about the organization, its activities, and its global membership, visit acasaonline.org.  Scholars, artists and curator based on the African continent enjoy free membership renewable every year.

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