Congressman Seth Moulton recently announced that Montserrat College of Art has been awarded a $2.1 million Department of Education grant as part of its “Strengthening Institutions Program.”
The grant will be delivered in installments over the next five years. Montserrat College of Art will receive the first installment of $372,000 this autumn.
“I’m incredibly proud to share that Montserrat College has been awarded this grant,” Congressman Seth Moulton said. “There is nothing more important than education. At a time when arts education is increasingly underfunded, I’m proud that one of our wonderful local institutions will be able to put these funds toward providing a world-class arts education to even more students in the Sixth District.”
“This grant is a milestone for our college – it is the largest grant and the first Federal grant we have ever received,” said Brian Pellinen, interim president of Montserrat College of Art. “I am exceptionally proud of the team that put the proposal together and thankful to so many people here on the North Shore and particularly for the support of our legislators in Washington who recognized the strength and value that Montserrat College of Art brings to Beverly. This recognition by the Department of Education confirms a belief many of us on this campus hold: our individualized, personalized way of teaching, working, and mentoring helps our students achieve great things. This grant will help us build on that success for our next generation of students.”
The grant funds will be used to increase career-focused programs and student employment on campus, and other programs that directly impact students.
Montserrat College of Arts also hosts the annual 6th District Congressional Art Show. Each year, the winning artwork is displayed in the Capitol building for one year alongside the winners from other Congressional districts across the country.