CHICAGO – Columbia College Chicago dedicated the new Efroymson Art + Design Resource Center on October 6 during a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 4th floor of 623 S. Wabash. Made possible by a $250,000 gift from the Efroymson Family Fund, the Resource Center is designed to provide Columbia students and faculty an inspirational environment in which to work and collaborate.
The center houses a wide variety of materials along with examples of important art and design objects and products for research and study. For example, museum publications, design strategy games, exhibition-related resources, exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, artist and design books, one-of-a-kind designed objects, videos, art journals and periodicals are all available for faculty and student reference. It also houses an extensive collection of recorded visiting artist lectures from the Art + Design lecture series and other departments and events around the college.
“I gave this gift to Columbia because of my belief in the value of an arts education and because of all that Columbia has given to me,” said Jeremy Efroymson, vice-chair, Efroymson Family Fund and Columbia alumnus. “I think the creative arts are important as a means of expressing the human spirit and as a path to learn to think outside of the box and to become the kind of inventors and problem-solvers we need in society.”
In addition to materials and resources, the Resource Center is a physical space designed to stimulate creative thought, where students can work in groups at large tables, or alone on smaller tables or computer work stations. The center also includes a screening room where groups can view recorded lectures, video projects or class materials. The center is connected physically to the Art + Design media center, where students and faculty can check out various art materials and technologies for classes and projects.
The mission of the Resource Center is to provide a visual archive of teaching and resource materials, serve as a repository for faculty reference materials and interactive learning models of teaching and to be an inspirational space that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.
“The Efroymson A+D Resource Center is a creative and stimulating learning space that will inspire students of all disciplines,” said Warrick L. Carter, president of Columbia College Chicago. “This is a much needed inspirational resource in a creative environment like we have on campus, and we are so thankful to Jeremy and the entire Efroymson family for this donation.”
Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to 12,000 students in over 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education.
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The Efroymson Family Fund (pronounced “Ee-from-son”) is a donor-advised fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation in Indianapolis and continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in central Indiana. Since its inception in 1998, the Efroymson Family Fund has awarded over $60,000,000 in grants to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. As a donor-advised endowment fund, it will perpetuate the family’s philanthropic tradition in central Indiana and beyond.
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