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Brenau enters deal with High Museum to share art resources

GAINESVILLE -- The High Museum of Art and Brenau University have entered into a three-year collaboration that will allow for the sharing of resources to further the integration of the arts into Brenau's educational curriculum, officials announced Tuesday.

The affiliation is the first of its kinds for both institutions. During this pilot initiative, beginning in August, Brenau will have the opportunity to draw on the High's exhibitions, collections, programs and staff expertise.

"Brenau University is fortunate in becoming the first academic partner of the High and to be a collaborator with one of the most prestigious museums and presenters of important art in the world," Brenau University President Ed Schrader said. "Brenau focuses on the presentation of art as an experience for its students and the community, and this relationship will help us fulfill our goal to do that better and more completely than anybody else."

During this affiliation, Brenau students and faculty will receive free or discounted access to the High's exhibitions and collections, according to a news release. Brenau students will also have the opportunity to participate in internships, attend lectures and experience behind-the-scenes programs at the High.

About 10 percent of Brenau's students come from Gwinnett.

Additionally, faculty members will receive annual updates on the High's long-term plans for exhibitions and programs. These communications will allow university and museum colleagues to share ideas and explore ways to integrate resources from relevant exhibitions into the curriculum.

"This affiliation between the High and Brenau University will build upon our mutual commitment to the study of works of art and the integration of the arts into education," said Michael Shapiro, director of the High Museum of Art. "Just as we've experienced great success in our partnerships with fellow museums, we are delighted to expand our affiliations to include educational institutions.

"We look forward to developing deeper relationships with the educational community to engage a wider audience with great art and programming."