Duke graduate David Arthur (A.B.’88, P’21) has made a transformative gift that allows the museum to offer a paid summer internship program to a college student from an underrepresented community.
Arthur’s gift allows this exciting paid internship to continue for a second consecutive summer. Last year, the Nasher Museum was one of 10 museums selected for the program launched by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) with additional funding support provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
I am very proud to support the Nasher in its efforts to promote diversity through this internship.David Arthur
Last summer, the internship was awarded to Gabrielle Tenedero, a rising senior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who was born in the Philippines. She researched amazing objects for an upcoming exhibition and gallery reinstallation: a corn vessel used for drinking beer, a tiny carved tooth and a wooden mask with a moveable jaw that was once covered in feathers.
“This has opened my eyes to what ancient Peru was like,” Gabrielle said. She hopes the reinstallation will dispel preconceived notions about Indigenous people in Latin America. “I want people to know how skilled, how creative, how colorful these cultures were and how they were more than just one culture.”