The University receives what is thought to be among the biggest ever philanthropic gifts to the arts in Queensland.

The gift, which comes from the estate of the late Paula Kinnane, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University in 1991.

The bequest from Mrs Kinnane and her late husband Tony, will establish endowment funds that benefit the UQ Art Museum, School of Music students and audiences across the state.

The Kinnanes had a long association with UQ as residents of St Lucia, (the location of the University’s main campus). They were also passionate about providing an outstanding education for future generations, with a focus on students from rural areas.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj says the bequest is proof of the importance of the arts in the community.

“This extraordinarily generous gift is evidence that many of our donors and the broader community place the arts at the centre of their lives,” Høj says.

“A gift of this magnitude underlines UQ’s importance as a strong cultural steward, and will create genuine change for our students and further afield.”

The Kinnane bequest will enable the UQ Art Museum to establish internships to provide students with gallery and museum skills.

The Kinnanes’ love of music will be commemorated in an annual lecture that will bring a leading musical educator to the University. The bequest will also deepen the School of Music’s long-standing partnership with the Queensland Music Festival, boosting music education and engagement in remote areas of Queensland.

School of Music Head Professor Margaret Barrett says the gift could make a huge impact on people’s lives.

“This gift has the power to change lives through the learning and research that will flow through to communities.”

 

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