thank you, Dick, this is an awesome tribute to the Crafts Center and it's fans.. and there are so many crafts center students who have been inspired to add creativity to their "to do" list, let's keep inviting them to let the administrators know how we feel about the coldly abrupt closure.
I signed the petition, Linda! The closure is shocking.
Please sign the petition...A great institute of higher educaation like UCSD should be encouraging the arts. Please help to keek the Crafts Center open. As a society and community creating crafts and any art is a step in the right direction toward a lovelier place to live.
How many artists have been mid-wifed by the UCSD Crafts Center. Our civilization needs more arts, culture and spirit and fewer politicians, improperly focused administrators and bean counters!
Art is to education as research is to science. Both are important. The UCSD Crafts Center should continue to serve the entire communtiy.
UNIVERSITIES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE BUSINESS OF CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE THOUGHT AND ACTION. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY BACKWARD MOVE ON THE PART OF UCSD. DEFINITELY NOT THE SORT OF REACTIONARY PLACE I WOULD ENCOURAGE MY KIDS TO STUDY AT.
they scrap the studios and install computers the jackasses
I worked at the Craft Center at UCSD and took classes there from 1989 to 1994. This place kept me at UCSD and was always where I could go to relieve the stress of the academic grind. It is a sad day to see it gone. Ron Carlson was always a help mentor too.
Signed. Need to catch up; been a while!
Signed it. They're almost at 2,000 names.
Why is it always art that they want to cut first?
The craft center is very important part of campus life. Don't let it disappear!
The Crafts Center was more than just a place to make pottery it was also a place to get away from the riggers of studying, lectures, and cramming books into thought. The year was 1976 that I made pottery there and still make it to this day. KEEP IT OPEN!
The loss of this wonderful center impoverishes our lives. It is heartwrenching to see this closure of a vital and important part of the San Diego community. We have lost numerous private galleries some of which also offered art instruction during this economic downturn, so I believed the UCSD was a safe heaven for craft and artisans in our community. Devastating is too small a word to describe the impact of this closure.
Artists and jewelry makers in San Diego and oher parts of California need your help to keep this valued resource open.