Vote for Art Center's Future! Put Education First!

  • by: Education First
  • recipient: Art Center College of Design Board of Trustees
[Overview of petition] Art Center College of Design faces an important decision. Next month, The Board of Trustees will be meeting to decide on the future of Richard Koshalek's presence at Art Center and consequently, the future of the school itself. The expansion projects which this administration has pursued are part of the Master Development Plan (including the Gehry Library) and they threaten to further deplete Art Center of important resources and will undermine the educational welfare of the current student body.

Before it is too late, demand that a halt be put to such projects so that a plan can be put in place to prioritize student education and fix the problems that face the Art Center community today.

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Dear Art Center Trustees,

We, the undersigned, are members of the Art Center Community: its students, alumni, faculty, and staff. First and foremost, we are requesting that the Board of Trustees act -- in its capacity as governing body of the school -- to put an immediate halt to the current Art Center Master Development Plan which includes the Gehry designed DRC.

The mission of Art Center has traditionally been and should be the nurturing of professional design and artistic abilities through the education of its students. We believe that this tradition of educational excellence has been compromised under the direction of the current administration and its president Richard Koshalek, and we ask that the Board of Trustees take immediate action to again make education the school's top investment priority.

That prioritization of education should result in tangible and immediate improvements for students, classes, facilities, and teachers. To that end, we request that the Board also take action to dramatically reduce non-educational administrative expenses. We ask that fund raising efforts place the highest priorities on scholarships and endowments which directly benefit current and future students.

Lastly, we request greater alumni representation on the college's senior leadership team and we respectfully request the opportunity for one or more of our Community delegates to formally address the Board at its next meeting in order to make our concerns known.

As members of the Art Center Community, we stand together: firmly committed to the legacy of the school, its students and alumni. Art Center is not made up of one man's vision, but one vision built from the whole of past, present and future students. Please do not allow yourselves to be distracted by the legacy needs of one man. Do not continue to allow critically-needed capital to be diverted to non-essential uses. Do not spend more time and money on the distant future, when there is great present need. Put education first.

Thank you for your time and attention.
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