SAVE THE CAPILANO STUDIO ART AND TEXTILE ARTS PROGRAMS!
Due to the University's deficit from government cuts, the Studio Art and Textile Arts programs will close! These programs greatly influence the art and culture of North Vancouver, the University community and beyond.In support of arts education, please sign and share this petition.
There are many of us who want to graduate with our diploma, and we still need 1st and 2nd year courses to do that. Further to this, we do not want to see the department close. Studio Art has a legacy of running excellent programming for 40 years, with wonderful instructors, staff and technicians who are dedicated and committed to us, our personal education, growth and development.
This program serves the North Shore community and beyond. It is specific. We do not want one option for art education and we question the University's "commitment to our communities" stated in its list of values. Studio Art and Textiles offer a unique hands-on experience that is difficult to find at any other institution in Vancouver. They also have specialized facilities including the bronze foundry and the digital loom that are incredibly rare in Canadian post-secondary institutions.
We understand government cut backs, and we believe that eliminating arts programming is not the solution. Our classes serve students, faculty and staff from many departments. Art production and creativity permeate this campus. Imagine no art at Capilano University.
In order to create a real community and an environment for collective decision making, we ask that you reconsider your decision and open a dialogue with our department faculty, staff and students. We demand our voices be heard.
A campus and a world without art is bleak and sad to imagine. A community will not cut off what nourishes its soul - it will find a way to empower and support it.