Lauren Cross receives national research fellowship from SNAAP

Lauren CrossOct. 13, 2020 — Lauren Cross, Ph.D., was selected to receive a $5,000 research fellowship for 2021 from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, SNAAP, at Indiana University's School of Education, Bloomington, Ind. Cross is one of five selected.

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project is a leader in enabling scholarship and insights for bolstering the lives and careers of arts graduates. For over 10 years, SNAAP data have informed the national conversation on the value of an arts degree by collecting, examining, and sharing its collection of the most comprehensive and detailed data on arts graduates, which includes data from over 200,000 arts graduates from across North America. SNAAP data are considered the gold standard for what is known about an intensive arts education.

To further expand existing knowledge about the lives and careers of arts graduates, the Board of Directors of Arts & Design Alumni Research, also know as SNAAP, invites proposals from scholars and researchers to develop and conduct new research using the quantitative items in the SNAAP database of arts alumni. 

Cross' project that was accepted is called "The Intersections of Creative Access: The Impact of Race, Ethnicity and Gender on Career Development in the Visual Arts and Design."

Cross' proposed project was reviewed by SNAAP staff and the research committee of the board and approved by the board of directors at its meeting on Oct. 9, 2020. Since 2008, SNAAP has collected and analyzed data from over 200,000 arts graduates from across North America. SNAAP data have helped change the national conversation on the value of an arts degree. Over 300 colleges and universities have participated in the study and SNAAP data have been used for assessment, curriculum reform, recruitment, benchmarking, alumni engagement, advocacy, and more.

Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar who holds a B.A. in art, design and media from Richmond, The American International University in London, an M.F.A. in visual arts from Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass., and a Ph.D. in multicultural women's and gender studies from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas.

Cross has been recognized nationally and internationally for her art practice and community work, included featured works in museums and galleries across the U.S. and the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received the Third Annual Visionary Award by Fort Worth Weekly magazine in 2013, and was named one of Dallas' "100 Creatives" by the Dallas Observer in 2015. In 2018, Cross was selected as a Visiting Artist for the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art, and an inaugural Carter Community Artist for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. In 2019, Cross was recognized as one of 13 Women Forwarding Fort Worth by Fort Worth Magazine. For more information visit Dr. Cross's website: She is the founder of the arts non-profit, WoCA Projects, in Fort Worth, Texas.


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