Corcoran School Inspires Creative and Cultural Change


“The Corcoran has the opportunity to revolutionize the way we use creativity as a major driver for understanding communities and working to address pressing critical issues that we see around us. Our work can help transform the culture of GW and educate the next generation of global citizens.”

– Sanjit Sethi, Director, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design

In 2014, GW took responsibility for the Corcoran’s 17th Street building and one of the nation’s leading art schools, which is now known as the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Sanjit Sethi joined GW and the Corcoran as its inaugural director in 2015, and is dedicated to showing how the Corcoran will serve as a catalyst for integrating the arts at GW and continuing to add cultural vibrancy to the broader university. The university is in the midst of a multiyear, phased renovation of the historic 17th Street building, with initial work underway on infrastructure enhancements and digital upgrades.

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design bridges GW’s academically robust programs in the arts with the Corcoran’s creative and inspired scholarship. Part of GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the school functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts-related fields, and serves to enrich students who are taking classes in other areas of the university. As such, it provides a platform for engagement that connects creative expression and practical application with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education. Through its transition into being an integral part of the GW community, the Corcoran has affirmed an ambitious mission: to foster innovative arts and design programs that promote diversity of thought and experience; develop the craft of artists, designers, and scholars; address critical social issues; and prepare the next generation of creative cultural citizens professionally.

Hear Corcoran Director Sanjit Sethi talk about his vision for the Corcoran as a remarkable institution that can help drive creative and cultural change in the GW community and beyond.


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