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ASL 2025 Looks Forward to Seeing You in 2016!

December 10, 2015

Dear Members,

We are writing to express our gratitude to all of you who supported our efforts to watch over and stand up for the League in 2015.

Your support enabled us to achieve a striking milestone: For the first time since 2006, more members voted for change than voted for the incumbent Board President. A majority of voting members carefully considered the issues and chose change. The vote tallies as reported on election night are shown below.

The Annual Meeting and the voting process were severely flawed. We have written to the Board and the League's attorneys detailing the procedural failures and are awaiting a response.

ASL 2025's advocacy must and will continue in the new year. There are many pressing issues requiring the Membership's attention and action. One priority is the proposal to change drastically the League's By-laws in April. We urge you to inspect what the Board proposes. The proposed changes reduce each member's voting power by 75% and give virtually unsupervised authority over the League to one person, the Board President.

We need to address the League's ever-growing deficit spending and discuss major Board expenditures such as "feasibility studies", attorneys' fees, and the Board's proposal to use the League's endowment to fund a major building expansion. As several analyses have shown, depleting the League's endowment to fund a building expansion would be extremely ill-advised. 

Member input and participation is at the very foundation of safeguarding this special place that we were fortunate enough to inherit and enjoy. Let's make sure that it is still here to be passed on to future generations of artists. ASL 2025 is ready to advocate on behalf of the League, and we hope that you'll join us in these continuing efforts.

ASL 2025 - The Reform Team

Marne Rizika
Susan Brauser
Roberto Franzone
Walanne Steele


ASL 2025 - September 2016 Update (9/30/16)

The Great AukWord Gazette by Paul Perlow. (5/2/16)

ASL 2025 - March 2016 Update (3/17/16)

ASL 2025 Looks Forward to Seeing You in 2016! (12/10/15)

Jessica Lane: Endowment funds and building renovations. (12/2/15)

Response to Mr. Barbieri's November 30 E-mail (12/2/15)

Are you the same Mr. Cenedella? (12/2/15)

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)

Regarding legal fees and the League's added $6 million. (12/1/15)

A Cheerful and Lively Little Oasis for Artists (12/1/15)

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

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

By-law 28: Regarding electioneering by ANY League employee (11/29/15)

Regarding The Art Students League's Original Mission (11/29/15)

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)

Is the League College-Bound? (11/11/15)

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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