Student Voices

Summer 2020 Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Summer Internship Program participants

During the summer of 2020, Smarthistory collaborated with the AUC Art Collective to support three Spelman College students who completed an internship.

What is the AUC Art Collective?

“In 2018, the AUC Art Collective became the only undergraduate program in the nation built for students who are interested in diversifying the future of art museums and related industries. Operating within the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the AUC Art Collective offers a BA in Art History and minors in Curatorial Studies and Art History to students at Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.”

These three students conducted original research about the AUC to develop a mapping project using the Knight Lab’s StoryMaps JS. Their stories are below.

Jordan Barrant

Jordan is a Spelman student from Boston, Massachusetts, who merges her interest in social justice with art history. As a member of the Atlanta University Center Art Collective, she engages with women’s studies and African Diaspora Studies with hopes to make art more accessible to her communities.

Janiya Douglas

As of September 2020, Janiya is a third-year student at Spelman College majoring in Art History and minoring in Curatorial Studies. Her research interest are critical race and queer theory in visual culture and archives.

Haleigh Edmonds

Haleigh is a graduating Art History major at Spelman. This map was inspired by a research interest for her exit thesis.