The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative is generously supported with funding
from several sources. The Collaborative continues a long partnership between Skidmore
and the Moore family, which dates to the arrival of the College's second President
Henry T. Moore (1925-1957) and has continued with Moore's son John B. and wife Bettina,
and a third generation, Jim and Sue Towne. The Moores and Townes have generously seeded
the Storyteller's Institute, the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project and academic year
faculty and student development plans with an initial endowment to promote dialogue
between documentarians and the Skidmore community and to showcase how a liberal arts
education prepares students for professional success by supporting hands-on training
to complement the existing curriculum with new summer collaboration opportunities.
Additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help launch the Collaborative
and its participation as one of three initiatives supported by a three-year, $750
thousand grant for visual communication, "Project VIS."