University Museum at TSU selected by Smithsonian for partnership

TSU is one of five HBCUs selected by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Houston, Texas – University of South Texas celebrates a new partnership that will expand arts education and community outreach through its University museum.

“We have absolutely wonderful news,” said Dr. Needha Boutte-Queen, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences.

TSU is one of five historically black colleges and universities selected to partner with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture which opened five years ago in Washington DC

“It was a rigorous process to get approved,” said Dr Alvia Wardlaw, director and curator of the University’s museum.

Wardlaw said the five-year partnership comes with a grant of nearly $ 500,000.

“We have our wish list of everything we would love to do and this funding allows us to do that,” Wardlaw said.

This includes archiving and digitizing collector’s items as well as meeting staff and training needs.

Another long-term goal is to create a pipeline of specialists in the next generation.

Indeed, for the first time this fall, TSU will offer a minor in museology.

“The museum world is now aware that, you know, it’s time for a change,” Wardlaw said. “And diversity among professional staff is key.”

Boutte-Queen said the partnership also includes outreach efforts and what will ultimately be a traveling exhibition focused on African-American art and cultural contributions.

“The community benefits because they will be able to see works that they would not otherwise have been able to see,” said Boutte-Queen.

The University Museum houses works of art and artifacts past and present and TSU’s extensive collections. They also offer programs and events to support the arts in the city of Houston and surrounding communities.

Learn more about visiting the TSU Museum here.

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