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The Associated Press April 13, 2012, 10:49AM ET

MIT gets $1.5M to mix arts into science, tech

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received $1.5 million to support a new center seeking to integrate the arts into university curriculum and research.

MIT says the money from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support the proposed Center for Art, Science and Technology.

The donation announced Thursday will fund awards to faculty, researchers and curators seeking to develop cross-disciplinary courses, new research or exhibitions that span the arts, science and technology. The funds also will supplement MIT's existing Visiting Artists program.

Nearly three-quarters of students enter MIT with advanced skills in the arts, along with extraordinary aptitude in math, science or engineering.

Officials say the school has long recognized the role of the arts in educating scientists and engineers and fostering a genuinely creative culture on campus.

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