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ASL 2025

Is the League College-Bound?

November 11, 2015

Dear Members,

In this e-mail, and some following ones in the coming weeks, we will be providing you with information we have gathered so you may have additional facts which we hope will assist you in making your decision as to whether it is time for a change and whether the existing Board should be replaced.

We are presenting excerpts from the blog of James McElhinney. Mr. McElhinney was hired by the League as a drawing instructor, but a few years ago was also employed in an administrative position as Special Consultant for Academic Affairs and Outreach. In his blog of May 19, 2014, Mr. McElhinney explains how the Certificate Program is being changed and how this will provide additional opportunities for League restructuring. These statements provide evidence that the League is moving away from its original mission and moving toward a more college-like institution. Based on these statements and other evidence, we believe that accreditation is the next likely step.

Contrary to the assertions in Mr. Gheno's letter that instructors would have to be a part of any such major changes, Mr. McElhinney explains how the instructors and students are being kept in the dark about these ongoing changes.

Excerpts from James McElhinney's blog of May 19th, 2014
    "Our administrative unit was restructured to serve these new partnerships [with accredited art schools], and our promotional documents were retooled into an institutional profile formatted like a college self-study report. New positions were created and new hires were made. None of these changes were visible to the students or instructors working within the League's traditional open studio environment. New tracking protocols enhanced our capacity to serve students from places like St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Empire State College, CUNY and Syracuse. A League certificate graduate was recently awarded 32 college credits toward a degree at Empire State College, based on Prior Learning Assessment. Two weeks ago the League was recertified by SEVIS [Student and Exchange Visitor Program]."
McElhinney continues:
    "Hypothetically any [college] studio art department cutting courses and firing adjuncts could outsource them instead to any suitable 501C3 not-for-profit art space, workshop and cultural events venues serving the local community [such as The Art Students League]. A memorandum of understanding is crafted to specify what will be taught, how students are tracked and how they are to be evaluated. The 501C3 hires [the] same adjunct professors to teach the same classes they had taught at the college, which awards college credit to its students who attend them. Everybody wins."
The ASL 2025 candidates and their supporters respectfully disagree.

Sincerely, ASL 2025 - The Reform Team

Marne Rizika, President
Susan Brauser, Vice President
Roberto Franzone, Board Member
Salvatore Forte, Board Member
Walanne Steele, Board Member


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A Painting of the League, Part 3: Power and Constitution (12/2/15)

A Painting of the League, Part 2: Our Vote and Our Bloat (12/1/15)

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A Message from Marne Rizika (12/1/15)

Mr. Torak and anonymous "instructors and friends" of ASL (12/1/15)

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My Experience at the Art Students League (11/29/15)

ASL Life Member Arthur Robbins: "The honorable thing to do" (11/29/15)

ASL Life Member Paul Perlow: "What the Golden Owl Says" (11/29/15)

Response to Brian Tepper (11/28/15)

A Painting of the League, Part 1: Introduction and Finances (11/25/15)

ASL Life Member Rick Michalek responds to Tom Torak (11/25/15)

Six answers to Mr. Tepper's questions (11/24/15)

ASL Member Marilyn Rogers: Questions to ask before you vote (11/24/15)

What John Varriano Didn't Tell You In His E-mail (11/23/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Mr. Barbieri's E-mail of November 16 (11/23/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Mr. Barbieri's November 19 E-mail (11/23/15)

Wallane Steele: "Why I'm running." (11/19/15)

Peter Homitzky: "What Happened to My League?" (11/17/15)

ASL Member Jose Morales Responds to Dan Gheno (11/16/15)

An Open Letter to Tom Torak (11/16/15)

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ASL 2025 Responds to Ira Goldberg (11/9/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Susan Matz (11/8/15)

An Open Letter to Sharon Sprung (11/6/15)

An Open Letter to Board Member Richard Baker (11/4/15)

ASL 2025 Responds to Dan Gheno (11/3/15)

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