An art historian with deep ties to West Michigan has begun his work as the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Henry Luttikhuizen is serving in the position that was established after donors expressed an interest in creating a position at Grand Valley that would emphasize the value of the arts and humanities for lifetime learning and the role that they play in catalyzing critical community and cross-cultural conversations, said CLAS Dean Jennifer Drake.
“I appreciate the rich conversations I had with these donors as we talked about our shared commitment to liberal education broadly and the arts and humanities specifically," Drake said. "The Scholar-in-Residence program demonstrates the value of knowledge production in arts and humanities disciplines and the role that knowledge plays in community engagement.
"I have already enjoyed several of Dr. Luttikhuizen’s art talks, and I look forward to seeing the ways in which he will work with community partners to support PK-12 arts education and connect CLAS students to opportunities in West Michigan’s arts organizations.”