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FAU Receives Largest Ever Gift of Art Supplies   

BOCA RATON, FL (May 9, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of visual arts and art history in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters recently announced it has received a donation of art supplies from Howard and Susan Cooper of Boca Raton.   The gift, a massive collection of art and school supplies that could fill an auditorium, is the largest of its kind ever received by FAU.   A new board member for the FAU Foundation, Howard Cooper worked in the art supply business in New Jersey after he graduated from Princeton University.   With his knowledge of the business, he was able to amass a spectacular volume and selection of materials.

“I researched different options around the eastern United States, and I have been very impressed with the community outreach programs at FAU,” said Cooper.   “Not only does FAU offer an outstanding visual arts program, it is well connected to other community organizations that are serving students in need.”

The gift includes reams of paper, a mountain of crafts and classroom materials, art and music books, architecture and engineering equipment, drafting room tables and apparatus, and films.   Transported by large moving vans, the donation weighed approximately 50,000 pounds. The collection will be housed in the visual arts and art history department on FAU’s Boca Raton campus.

Some of the items will be used for visual arts and art history instructors and students at FAU.   Other materials, enough to supply the needs of thousands of art students, will be donated to underserved children in grades pre-K through 12.   These donations will be made through outreach programs that partner FAU arts students with local schools and aftercare programs.  

Aside from the supplies that will be used by instructors at FAU and those that will be donated, the visual arts and art history department plans to make some of the supplies available to FAU students for a discounted price.   The proceeds from these sales will help to bring guest artists and speakers to campus.

 “This donation represents enough supplies for the next two generations of students,” said Angela DiCosola, chair of the visual arts and art history department at FAU.   “This is a tremendous gift for our faculty and students, and for the community.”

 The School of the Arts in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters brings together FAU’s music, theatre and art departments, as well as the University Galleries, to provide specialized and interdisciplinary education for arts students.   For more information about the School of the Arts, call 561-297-3606.

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