Georgia Tech’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Nu Beta Chapter Unveils Paintings Commemorating 40th Anniversary and Celebrating Black Women in STEM

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Join Georgia Tech’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Nu Beta Chapter and Alumnae Members for a live art dedication and celebration on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. on Georgia Tech Arts’ Facebook page. The chapter is celebrating 40 years on campus with highlights from the past four decades, the launch of a new scholarship fundraising campaign, and the unveiling of two commissioned paintings by Atlanta, Georgia-based artist Tracy Murrell. Murrell will also join the festivities for a live Q&A with viewers. You can register below for reminders and to submit your questions in advance. The event is free and open to all.

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About #NB40 Art Commission
In 1979, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Nu Beta Chapter was chartered at Georgia Tech and became the first black sorority recognized by the Georgia Tech Pan Hellenic Council. In honor of the organization's 40th anniversary, alumna Maria Bailey Benson, IE 1992 and MSIE 1994, led the commission of two artworks to recognize all of the contributions of Nu Beta Chapter and Alumnae to the Tech community over the past four decades and as a tribute to all Black women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The two pieces, Sister and Her Mind is Open, will be displayed prominently in Crosland Tower, Georgia Tech's library, for all to enjoy for years to come. Tracy Murrell is the artist selected for the project and is a prominent Atlanta-based artist and curator who describes her work as "a celebration of the beauty and grace that I see in all women of color."

“The members of Nu Beta have always been campus leaders. As a continuation of that leadership, alumnae of Nu Beta commissioned a prominent black female artist, Tracy Murrell, to create two pieces of artwork to celebrate Black women in STEM. These artworks are the first commissioned artworks located in the new Georgia Tech library, as well as the first artworks commissioned by a Georgia Tech Black Greek organization,” said Benson.

Support the Nu Beta Endowment Scholarship
The #NB40 Art Commission also coincides with the launch of a new campaign supporting the Nu Beta Endowment Scholarship previously established by AKA alumnae.

According to Benson, “Nu Beta alumnae’s philanthropic leadership at Georgia Tech will now include a named endowed scholarship, annual donations to Roll Call to support the undergrads, and permanent commissioned artwork in the library where we ALL spent countless hours persevering. Nu Beta has had less than 250 members over the past 40-some years but has an indelible legacy of being ‘small, but mighty!’”  

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