Gifts fund School for American Crafts renovation

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A. Sue Weisler

Richard Sands, chairman of the board of Constellation Brands Inc. and an RIT trustee (left); his wife, Jennifer Sands; and New York State Sen. Jim Alesi were honored by RIT President Bill Destler and others for investing $2 million toward the renovations of the School for American Crafts. In addition to the Sands family and Alesi, a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor and several other generous donations helped make the Sands Family Studios a reality. A formal dedication ceremony was held Sept. 27. The funding supported renovation of the studio spaces inside James E. Booth Hall and an addition to the building’s west side. The School for American Crafts offers undergraduate and graduate programs in ceramics, glass, metals and wood.