The Harvard Art Museums have received a $1 million gift from George Ho, A.B. ’90, Henry Ho, A.B. ’95, and Rosalind “Sasa” Wang to establish the Ho Family Student Guide Fund, which will support research and training for the museums’ student guide program.
The museums’ student guides — now known as Ho Family Student Guides — are Harvard undergraduates who are trained to design and offer unique, thematic tours about select objects for university and community audiences. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including art history, visual and environmental studies, the sciences, history, and literature. Through their training, the students gain knowledge of the collections and develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership.
The Ho Family Student Guide Fund will underwrite the student guide program, providing financial support for needs ranging from compensation and training to research opportunities that will foster the development of each guide.
“The Harvard Art Museums are grateful for this significant display of support for our students,” said Martha Tedeschi, the museums’ Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director. “We have a unique responsibility to an evolving group of brilliant minds — students whose development depends on the strength of our programs. With this gift, the Ho family has enabled us to further animate a program that is preparing the next generation of arts leaders.”