The Montclair Art Museum and the African American Cultural Committee at MAM have announced the Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund in honor of committee co-founder Ben F. Jones, an international artist and art professor.

“I feel so blessed to have had a good art education — especially in high school — because I had good art teachers and it really exposed me to the outside world. It helped me to know what’s important in art,” Jones said in an announcement of the fund. “This scholarship is very important to the community because it will allow a lot of young people from the inner cities who don’t have the funds to study at a museum.”

The vision of the Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund is for students to have transformative experiences in the visual arts through exploring their creative voice, building portfolios and personal connections, and increasing confidence and self-esteem, the announcement said.

"Ben Jones is not only a great artist and a wonderful human being, but he is also a prolific mentor of artistic talent. The number of internationally successful artists who count Ben Jones as their mentor is astounding," African American Cultural Committee Chair William Skeet Jiggetts said in the announcement. "The African American Cultural Committee is proud to present this opportunity for artistic instruction and mentorship to young, aspiring artists from our communities, in his name."

“The museum is excited to establish this scholarship fund in honor of Ben Jones as co-founder of the AACC. This new opportunity will help carry out his commitment to making art education accessible to future generations of working artists,” Museum Executive Director Ira Wagner said in the announcement.

The Ben F. Jones Scholarship Fund is available for high school students ages 16 and older to take adult Yard School of Art classes or workshops during the school year or summer. The scholarship is for students from households demonstrating financial need and covers tuition and the art supplies required for the class.

To learn more about applying for a scholarship or contributing to the fund, go to montclairartmuseum.org/BenJones.