Join us for a moderated discussion "The Spirit of OCAC" on April 6
Notes from our Meeting with the Board
Please join us for a moderated discussion on of the future of craft education in Portland: "The Spirit of OCAC."
WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 3pm to 5pm
WHERE: Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland. In the US Bank Room, First Floor
WHO: Everyone welcome.
With the ending of the degree program at Oregon College of Art and Craft, what type of craft education do we envision for the future? What are the ways we can honor the OCAC legacy and nurture Portland's history as a craft community?
This forum is not intended to discuss the specifics of the present situation at OCAC, but to consider the range of possibilities going forward.
Board Agrees to Private Meeting
In response to the announcement of OCAC’s degree program closure, the Friends of OCAC wrote a letter to the OCAC Board of Trustees requesting a town hall meeting with the goal of clarifying the school’s current situation and facilitating constructive dialogue on how community members can better support the school and its programs. Over 1000 members of the OCAC community chose to sign our letter, and we thank you.
Two Board representatives (Kristin Valente, Chair; Jeanine Jablonski) agreed to meet with a small group of five Friends of OCAC representatives (Georgiana Nehl, Drawing/Painting and Foundations Professor Emerita; Sharon Marcus, Fibers/Liberal Arts Professor Emerita; Dakotah Fitzhugh, Studio School student, community member; Megan Leftwich, Studio School student; Jessica LeDuc, BFA 2017) and two OCAC staff/faculty (in actuality, three attended: Elizabeth Loulan, Director of Partnerships; Michelle Ross, Drawing & Painting Department Head, Faculty Representative to the Board; Katie Wisdom Weinstein, Director of Community Programs) to hold a discussion. On Saturday, February 23rd, the group met for approximately two hours. We appreciated this opportunity to communicate with the Board and thank them again for their time.
Letter to the Board Signed and Submitted!
We received a letter from the OCAC Board of Trustees this afternoon in response to our letter with over 1000 signatures (and counting!). It’s not the town hall meeting we had hoped for, but the Board has agreed to send two of their representatives to meet with a small number of Friends members and faculty/staff. We will present the letter again at this meeting, so sign it if you haven’t yet added your name! https://goo.gl/forms/IkxhiqXzG0vlAxOj2
Even though we can’t invite the whole community, we’d like to include everyone in some way, so we’re asking now for the community to contribute questions they’d like to ask the Board. The Board has asked us to meet right away, so we only have one day to gather questions. If you’d like to submit your questions, please add them to our facebook discussion here.
THANK YOU to each and every one of you who helped make this meeting happen.
Sign Our Letter to the Board
Since it was first posted to the community on Wednesday night at 6pm, our letter to the OCAC Board of Trustees requesting a community town hall meeting has gathered an additional 836 signatures! A sincere thank you to everyone who signed, shared, and supported us.
Sign our letter to the OCAC Board of Trustees! The Friends of OCAC are requesting a town hall meeting with the OCAC community to clarify the current situation and constructively seek solutions together. We invite all members of the OCAC community to sign this letter showing their support. We plan to submit this letter to the Board on Monday, February 18. Sign here: https://goo.gl/forms/IkxhiqXzG0vlAxOj2