UC Berkeley threatens Grad Art Program

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>From [email protected] Wed Apr 21 23:47:26 1993
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1993 00:44:48 -0400
From: Paul Rutkovsky <[email protected]>
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Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1993 00:53:06 +0700
To: [email protected]
From: [email protected]
Subject: The Future???

---have you seen this from Kalifornia???

PAul
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> 4/17/93
>
> Fellow Aestheticians:
>
> I received the following letter in the mail yesterday. I believe that all of
> us who care about the arts should respond to this right away. The loss of a
> studio program at a major university bodes ill for all of us. Please copy,
> re-post, distribute and publicize this information as you see fit.
>
> My comments follow below.
>
>
> _________________________________________________
>
> Department of Art, University of California, Berkeley
> Kroeber Hall, Berkeley CA 94720
>
>
> __ACTION ALERT__
>
> PLEASE WRITE A LETTER, HOWEVER BRIEF, AND SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR
> FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES. LETTERS ARE NEEDED BY MAY 1, 1993. PLEASE SEND A COPY
> OF ANY COMMUNICATION WITH THE CHANCELLOR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ART.
>
> A recommendation has been made by an internal review committee of the
> University that the Department of Art discontinue is graduate program with the
> incoming class this Fall. This is the first step towards the disestablishment
> of the department. This is an extremely critical time; we need you to express
> your support for the department.
>
> CONTACT: Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien
> University of California
> Berkeley, CA 94720
> phone: 510/642-7464
> fax: 510/643-5499
>
> _MESSAGE TO CONVEY_
>
> * Value of the art department and the arts to the economy, to education, to
> quality of life. Importance of the arts to California, the West, the nation
.
>
> * The arts and art related business comprise a vital industry in California.
> Overall arts related economic value to the local economy of San Francisco
> in terms of income and value of artistic product during 1987 was
> approximately $1.2 to $1.3 billion. Jobs associated with all arts related
> activities in San Francisco totaled between 33,500 and 37,200 employment
> opportunities. This 1987 arts-dependent employment represents approximately
> one out of every seventeen San Francisco jobs.
>
> * The closing of the practice of arts departments at UCB (Dramatic Art and
> Dance is already gutted) denies poor and middle-income students the
> opportunity to become artists and teachers of art. Only the rich can afford
> to send their children to private schools.
>
> * The excellence of the department and its graduates.
>
> * The need for the University to return to the department the _SEVEN_ faculty
> positions lost to death and retirement since 1990. The University's
> rationale for cutting the graduate program is the lack of faculty, yet the
> University will not allow the department to recruit new faculty.
>
> * Questionable process: Decision is not the result of a careful assessment of
> community needs and campus strengths. External review of the department
> recommended strengthening the program and particularly lauded the Graduate
> Program.
>
> * Impact of a negative decision about the Department of Art on your support
> for the University and the campus, which hopes to raise _$1 billion_ from
> alumni and business community.
>
> _FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Art Department, 238 Kroeber Hall,
> 510/642-6225
>
> POST, COPY, AND DISTRIBUTE THIS FLYER!!
>
> ___________________________________________-
>
> I believe pressure from the academic community, not just studio art alumni,
> is necessary to convince UCB of the value of a full range of the Humanities
> in a university curriculum. Such pressure was recently successful in saving
> UCB's School of Library and Information Science from closure. This persecution
> of arts and humanities departments (on financial grounds) will probably
> continue unless the economy improves suddenly and drastically. *ALL OUR JOBS
> DEPEND UPON OUR MUTUAL SUPPORT OF ONE ANOTHER*
>
> When I spoke to someone in the Department of Art office yesterday, I was told
> that the department has known of this decision for only about a week. Clearly
,
> the University is moving quickly on this, making our fast response even more
> important.
>
> I find this effort to cut "non-profit" departments from the university
> curriculum very chilling: Is the future of the Humanities in the university
> to be merely one of servicing the breadth requirements of future engineers and
> business majors? (Berkeley has in recent years spend millions on new science
> and engineering buildings, and is now building a huge new building for the
> business school. One business school faculty member's salary is approximately
> equal to that drawn by two art department faculty.)
>
> In addition, I think the disregard for the External review board's findings is
> extremely serious: it indicates this decision has no pedagogical basis.
>
>
> I am awaiting more information from the Art Department, and will forward it
> to the ASA-L, if you all feel this matter warrants our attention. Please feel
> free to call or send email (I log in every day).
>
> Thanks for your support.
>
>
> Andrea Pappas
> [email protected]
>
> 310/475-9284
>
>




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