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Macarthur Foundation Grant Boosts Au’s Visionary Leadership In Media

Macarthur Foundation Grant Boosts Au’s Visionary Leadership In Media

Macarthur Foundation Grant Boosts Au’s Visionary Leadership In Media

American University’s (AU) Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) has been awarded a new grant worth US$750,000 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its strong track record and visionary leadership in research and creative media.

It is the foundation’s largest single contribution to CMSI to date, and it demonstrates the global philanthropy’s long-term commitment to CMSI, a creative innovation lab and research center housed at AU’s School of Communication (SOC).

Key Takeaways:

  • American University’s (AU) Center for Media & Social Impact has received a new US$750,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • With the MacArthur Foundation grant, CMSI hopes to expand its research, creative media development, and convenings activities.
  • It is the foundation’s largest single gift to CMSI to date, demonstrating global philanthropy’s long-term commitment to the organization.

CMSI has grown its programmatic work and staffing exponentially since receiving its first large-scale MacArthur Foundation grant in 2016, as part of the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural Participatory Civic Storytelling grantee cohort.

Since her leadership position in 2015, Professor Borum Chattoo has raised approximately US$7 million in external financing to assist CMSI staff and projects.

CMSI has grown from zero-funded staff members to six since receiving its first MacArthur Foundation grant.

Moreover, CMSI has also published more than 30 public-facing research reports and peer-reviewed studies since 2016, as well as a series of high-profile continuing public initiatives.

The center is continuously involved in collaborations with the entertainment industry, social justice and movement organizations, and students.

CMSI wants to increase its research, creative media creation, and convenings programming with the help of the MacArthur Foundation award.

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