Clark Atlanta University’s art and fashion department receives Macy’s grant for scholarships and programming


Atlanta, GA – The Art and Fashion Department at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has received a $100,000 grant from Macy’s Future of Style Fund. The initiative aims to provide deserving students with scholarships and programming support, under Macy’s social purpose platform,

Mission Every One, furthering the brand’s commitment to supporting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), creating a dynamic workforce, and providing impactful mentorship opportunities.

In addition to scholarships, CAU’s Art and Fashion Department will use this critical funding to produce the department’s annual Fashion Week event, purchase new technology and equipment, and provide students with a Trends and Tours Field Emergence trip to New York City, where they will attend an all-day development workshop with Macy’s executives, visit design houses, and more. 

"This support from Macy's will help bring the Art and Fashion Department at Clark Atlanta University to another level of excellence for our scholars," said Professor BJ Arnett, Interim Chair Art and Fashion Department. "We are thrilled to have Macy’s invest in our student's futures and academic programming."

Macy’s, Inc.’s social purpose platform, Mission Every One, is the company’s commitment to leverage its

business and brand to achieve positive societal change and create a brighter future with bold

representation. Macy’s, Inc. is committed to empowering the curiosity and confidence of young people on

their journey to become the leaders of tomorrow. To learn more, visit 


About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing, “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank. The Department of Art promotes the creative development of students whose interests and talents lead them toward careers in the visual arts, fashion design, and fashion merchandising while contributing to the cultural enrichment of the University community. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M), serves as the style source for generations of customers. With one of the nation’s largest e-commerce platforms powered by and mobile app, paired with a nationwide network of stores, Macy’s delivers the most convenient and seamless shopping experience, offering great values in apparel, home, beauty, accessories and more. Macy’s gives customers even more ways to shop and own their style through an off-price assortment at Macy’s Backstage and at our highly curated and smaller store format, Market by Macy’s. Each year, Macy’s provides millions with unforgettable experiences through Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® and helps our customers celebrate special moments, big and small. We’re guided by our purpose—to create a brighter future with bold representation—that empowers more voice, choice and ownership for our colleagues, customers, and communities.