New Montclair Art Museum Scholarship Fund, African American Cultural Committee

The Montclair Museum of Art and the MAM African American Cultural Committee announced the Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund in honor of committee co-founder Ben F. Jones, international artist and professor of art.

“I feel so lucky to have had a good art education – especially in high school – because I had good art teachers and it really exposed me to the outside world. It helped me know what which is important in art,” Jones said in an announcement from the fund. “This scholarship is very important to the community because it will enable many young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods who cannot afford to study in a museum .”

The vision of the Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund is for students to have transformative experiences in the visual arts by exploring their creative voice, building portfolios and personal relationships, and increasing self-confidence and self-esteem. self, according to the ad.

“Ben Jones is not only a great artist and a wonderful human being, but he is also a prolific mentor of artistic talent. The number of internationally successful artists who have Ben Jones as a mentor is staggering,” the president said. of African American Cultural Committee, William Skeet Jiggetts, in the announcement, “The African American Cultural Committee is proud to present this artistic instruction and mentorship opportunity to young, budding artists in our communities, on its behalf.”

“The museum is delighted to establish this scholarship fund in honor of Ben Jones as co-founder of the AACC. This new opportunity will help fulfill its commitment to making arts education accessible to future generations of working artists,” said Museum Executive Director Ira Wagner in the announcement.

The Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund is available to high school students ages 16 and older to attend adult classes or workshops at the Yard School of Art during the school year or summer. The scholarship is for students from households with financial need and covers tuition and art supplies needed for the class.

To learn more about applying for a scholarship or contributing to the fund, go to montclairartmuseum.org/Ben Jones.

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Mildred D. Field