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Cleveland State University Arts and Arts education is under attack! Not from outside bureaucrats, but their own disregard for some of the most under-advertised and highly valued programs at CSU. Through the incompetence of the current Provost and their inability to correctly assess the space and resources available to them in the newly leased replacement of the art building, the 3D and ceramic arts are being merged carelessly, greatly damaging both and will lead to their collapse.

Our Provost has not once visited the CSU Ceramics program. Tell them to follow through with their responsibilities as administrators to asses programs in detail taking into account, not only facilities, but how such programs are viewed and valued at CSU.

The CSU ceramic program, while not renowned, has some of the best facilities in the state! Almost anything is possible here, including slip casting, mold making, reduction fire and oxidative fire kilns. We even have the ability to recreate some of the most unique pieces with salt firing and crystal glazes, thanks to specialized kilns and a history of teaching ceramic chemistry and formulation.

CSU 3D arts has a long history of producing many valued and successful artists, sending many to advanced graduate programs around the country. Tell Cleveland State to find real solutions and value the arts as much as we all do!

Letter to
President Ronald M. Berkman, President Cleveland State University Cleveland State University

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Cleveland State University.

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Stop the Consolidation and Destruction of the 3D Arts

Through the inability of the the current staff to correctly assess the space and resources available to CSU in the newly leased replacement of the art building, the 3D and ceramic arts are being merged, greatly damaging both.

CSU administrators have had little to no contact with Art department staff and have yet to even visit several of the current facilities. We demand Cleveland State follows through with their responsibilities as administrators to asses programs in detail taking into account, not only facilities, but how such programs are viewed and valued at CSU.

The CSU ceramic program, while not renowned due to poor advertising, has some of the best facilities in the state! Almost anything is possible here there. Advertising such a fantastic program would boost enrollment several fold and the the department already has a sizable number of students. Considering the department's yearly sales bring in thousands of dollars a year to the Art Department, even their value on paper has not been assessed properly.

CSU 3D arts have a long history of producing valued and successful artists, sending many to advanced graduate programs around the country. We demand Cleveland State University find real solutions and value the arts as much as we all do.

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Sincerely,