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Award for Excellence in Diversity

The Excellence in Diversity Award, established in 2017, recognizes outstanding efforts in arts programming, projects, and/or scholarship to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The award may be made to either an institution or individual for demonstrated and significant advancement of diversity in non-profit institutions such as colleges or universities, museums or galleries, foundations, and/or cultural agencies, especially in areas related to including, embracing, and/or enhancing opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, ethnicities, religions/faiths, genders, differing abilities, and/or sexual orientations.


Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC)

One of the oldest ethnic studies centers in the United States, the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been dedicated to the study of the Mexican-descent population since 1969. The CSRC has been a champion of diversity in the visual arts for over fifty years, forming partnerships to organize ten major museum exhibitions featuring Chicano and Latino art that have reached nearly one million people since 2008. They have published twenty-six scholarly books on art that have received over thirty international book awards; created and supported a peer-reviewed journal that has published groundbreaking work on underrepresented artists; and produced nationally recognized policy briefs and reports that have studied and recognized the need to archive the Latino arts. CAA is pleased to recognize their achievements and contributions to the field of visual arts with the Excellence in Diversity Award.

 Jury: Christine Young-Kyung Hahn, Kalamazoo College, cochair; Susan D. Zurbrigg, James Madison University, cochair; Linda Earle, New York Arts Program; Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts


Kellie Jones, Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University
Jury: Christine Young-Kyung Hahn, Kalamazoo College, co-chair; Susan D. Zurbigg, James Madison University, co-chair; Linda Earle, New York Arts Program; and Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts.