University at Buffalo faculty members Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson are widely known for having multifaceted careers. They recently added a new role to their lengthy résumés: Philanthropists. The pair has pledged a $1 million bequest commitment to support students of creative and performing arts at UB.
Once realized, the pledge will create a scholarship and a fellowship fund for undergraduate and graduate students in the creative arts. The pledge is made in support of the Creative Arts Initiative, a new UB program that brings world-class creative and performing artists to the university for on-campus residencies. Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture, is co-director of CAI with SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder, Birge-Cary Professor of Music.
In Western New York, the couple is perhaps best known as the creators and longtime hosts of the Buffalo Film Seminars, which began in 2000 and have been held each semester for the past 16 years.
Through their pledged gift, the couple will honor their mothers by naming the two awards for them: the Julia Jackson Scholarship in the Creative and Performing Arts, and the Ruth Christian Graduate Fellowship in the Arts.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi expressed thanks to the pair for offering such significant support to the creative arts at the university.
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