SPC Awarded $20,000 from Home Depot® Retool Your School
April 21, 2021
St. Philip’s College is among 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to win this year’s Home Depot “Retool Your School” competition. The College led an eight-week social media-driven campaign that relied on tweets and Instagram posts using the #SPC_RYS21 hashtag and voting on the Retool Your School website.
The program, spearheaded by The Home Depot®, is aimed at giving back to the nation's HBCUs. According to the company's website, the Retool Your School Program has provided more than 3.1 million dollars in campus improvement grants to allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses since 2009.
HBCU students, alumni, and advocates were encouraged to cast votes for the HBCU of their choice. HBCUs were separated into three clusters based on student population. The top ten schools with the most votes per cluster were selected to receive grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000.
The desired space that St. Philip’s College plans to remodel is located in the Watson Fine Arts Center. The Art Department has plans to transform a current walkway into a functioning gallery. The exhibit space will showcase student’s artwork and will be an intimate venue for art exhibit openings, spoken word poetry and small live music performances.
The renovated art gallery will be an experiential working space for students, by students. The dedicated space will allow students to exhibit their work, expand their curating experiences, engage with the community, encourage artistic dialogues, provide collaborative opportunities across colleges, as well as showcase regional and local professional artists.