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Announcing a New Endowment
The school is pleased to announce the addition of a new endowment at Harker to benefit Harker’s visual arts department and visual arts students. The Dickinson Visual Arts Endowment was launched this year and is made possible by the generosity of Pam Dickinson, Office of Communication director and parent of Casey Near ’06. This endowment recognizes the school’s impressive K-12 visual arts department by providing resources to inspire and enhance the educational experience of Harker’s visual art students.

“This endowment will strengthen our school’s connection to the global art community by facilitating the expansion of our artist residency program,” said Joshua Martinez, visual arts department chair. “Our students will be able to work with a diverse group of artists who will open them up to new and exciting perspectives. We are so thankful for this generous gift!”

“When I was a child, I devoted more time in school making elaborate report covers and displays than on the projects themselves,” laughed Dickinson, who has also been a graphic designer and photographer in her career. “I have always loved art and the way it moves and transform us. It’s actually a gift for me to have this opportunity to give some heartfelt love to Harker’s art department and art students.”

“This endowment brings much-deserved recognition and support to the incredible visual arts department that has always been a strong and vital part of Harker’s academic program. We are excited by the opportunities that this will afford our students and our school community,” said Jennifer Gargano, assistant head of school, academic affairs.
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The endowment’s inaugural event will be the residency of Britta Clausnitzer in January 2022. She is an artist, curator and museum educator living and working in Berlin, and will be at Harker for one week, giving talks and leading the middle and upper school art students in a collaborative project titled “Tiger on the Loose” that is part painting and part performance.

For more information on Britta Clausnitzer’s residency, read this Harker News article.

For questions about this endowment and other opportunities to support our students, contact Kim Lobe, director of advancement, at kim.lobe@harker.org.
Reception to Launch Artist-in-Residence
Monday, Jan. 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Upper School Campus
A public reception launching Clausnitzer’s residency and her project will be held Monday, Jan. 10 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center at Harker’s upper school campus. More details will be sent to the Harker community after the winter break. RSVPs may be sent at any time to Amy Streeper at amy.streeper@harker.org.
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