The Division of Art has developed an initiative, called the Nebula Project, to address a number of critical needs as well as advance and invigorate their educational and research mission. This project received a significant boost on 17 July 2012 when a press release from The New Foundation Seattle announced an inaugural grant to the division. This private foundation was just created by Seattle philanthropist and collector Shari D. Behnke. Yoko Ott (BFA 1999) is the foundation director and secretary. This grant, coupled with generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences, will fund the hiring of visiting artists, scholars, curators, and others to teach classes, create new work, and organize exhibits that will expose School of Art students to new voices and fresh perspectives. Already scheduled is ART 361–Critical Ideas in Contemporary Art–taught in Winter Quarter 2013 by Eric Fredericksen, the Director of Western Bridge, and Art 590–Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Practices–taught in Spring Quarter 2013 by Scott Lawrimore, the recently appointed Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions at the Frye Art Museum. We will provide more information in the future as the newly funded initiative is further realized.