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Altman Foundations grant to support after-school design programs

on Tuesday,February 10,2009 21:02

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A New York art college has received a grant to promote art and design education among underprivileged Brooklyn youngsters.

Pratt Institute''s Department of Art and Design Education received the $30,000 grant from the Altman Foundation to further develop educational and career opportunities in design for underserved Brooklyn high school students.

The project is part of Pratt Institute''s Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE).

"Understanding design principles and their application gives students agency over the images, products, and technologies that increasingly dominate their lives," says Amy Brook Snider, chair of the Art and Design Education Department.

Established in 2005, DICE is a two-year after-school program featuring biweekly classes taught by professional art and design instructors in the area of industrial design, interior design, fashion, graphic design, and advertising.

It seeks to foster critical thinking, literacy, and a basic understanding of design.

The Altman Foundation was established in 1913 to support programs and institutions that enrich the quality of life in New York City. It provides funding for projects in the area of education, health, strengthening communities, and arts and culture.

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