November 23, 2015
We feel that President Barbieri's E-mail of November 19, 2015 focuses incorrectly on the language rather than the substance of an address to the members by Peter Homitzky, a recently retired painting instructor at the League. ASL 2025 agrees with Mr. Homitzky's thesis about the direction the League has taken and that the League's current managers are acting in ways that threaten to eliminate membership control of our democratically constituted not-for-profit art school.
Mr. Homitkzy contributes a rare and fascinating account of behind-the-scenes activity at the League, and some long-time members responded positively to his narrative. "Amazing letter," wrote one artist. "I do believe he hit the nail on the head," wrote another. "Peter's letter is awesome. Will win many votes," wrote another.
We feel that Mr. Barbieri is again diverting attention from the real issues which form the core of Mr. Homitzky's letter. It is not our place to edit or censor Mr. Homitzky's comments. He wrote a description of how League management has evolved over the years, and we shared it with you. It was his account, not ours, and it appeared under his byline.
Regarding the language Mr. Homitzky used, we've all heard variations of it ever since we first set foot in the League studios when we were young and eager to learn our craft. We all studied with veteran professional artists at the League who didn't mince words to get their point across, and we laughed, and sometimes cried, when getting their critiques. But we understood the truth of their words and came away better artists for it.
As for the language and tone employed by ASL 2025 in our own messages to members, we have never used disparaging ethnic, racial, religious, gender or age-related remarks in any of our communications and never will. Characterizing Mr. Homitzky's remarks as supporting prejudice and then trying to link us to his remarks is a common political gambit, let's be aware of that.
And since ASL 2025 is the only side in this election campaign that is talking about League governance, maybe it's time for Mr. Barbieri and his supporters to reply to all of the factual issues we have raised and will be presenting in the coming days.
ASL 2025 - The Reform Team
Marne Rizika, President
Susan Brauser, Vice President
Richard Caraballo, Vice President
Roberto Franzone, Board Member
Salvatore Forte, Board Member