Pratt Institute was founded in 1887 by oil magnate and philanthropist Charles Pratt, “for the promotion of Art, Science, Literature, Industry, and Thrift.” Today, Pratt is a leading art and design school whose mission is to educate artists and creative professionals to be responsible contributors to society. The Institute prides itself in instilling in all graduates aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills, and technical expertise. With a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, a Pratt education blends theory with creative application in preparing graduates to become leaders in a wide range of professions.
In addition to its activities as an institution of higher education, Pratt is also well-known for the services it provides its local community. With its main campus located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is cognizant of the stake and interest it holds in the prosperity of surrounding neighborhoods, and also the ways in which Pratt’s resources and expertise can be leveraged to support Brooklyn’s growth. To this end, the Institute’s efforts to conduct research and advocacy around key economic and environmental issues in partnership with local organizations (through the Pratt Center for Community Development), public arts lectures and exhibitions, and arts offerings for children and teens are also key components of its work.