ASL2025 Statement on Upcoming Nominations


September 30, 2016

Dear ASL Member,

ASL2025 has continued to advocate for accountability and transparency in the governance of the Art Students League.

Over the past eight months we have reached out to the Board, both formally and informally, to raise issues of concern. Some issues are being addressed while others still are not. The Board has promised serious reform to the election system and appears to be willing to be more open about Board activities. We are encouraged by the Board's pledges and promises to act in a fair-minded manner, however, with just days left until Wednesday's nominations for a new Board, we only have pledges and promises. 

What is needed is a list of Board-adopted resolutions which set out as policy the new protocols for fair elections and which establish a process to ensure more transparency about the Board's financial transactions and more accountability to, and input from, the members.

As there have been no concrete steps to implement the Board's promises, we believe that it is necessary to continue to advocate for the League's future and field a slate of candidates committed to enacting meaningful reform. We ask members to join the campaign for fairness, transparency and accountability.
 
Please consider running for a Board position

Contact ASL2025 at voteasl2025@gmail.com to discuss how we can offer support.

At this time, we would like to point out just a few things we said last Fall that have since been verified by events. We said that the instructors were employees, not independent contractors, as they had been classified in past years. This statement was made as part of a complaint about instructors campaigning for the incumbent Board (The By-laws prohibit "employees" from such activity). Earlier this year, the IRS issued a determination that the instructors are in fact employees, not independent contractors.

Second, we had stated that there were serious financial improprieties that should be examined. In January, the Board hired a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to perform a comprehensive examination of the League's financial records and operations. It is our belief that when the new CFO issues an interim or final report to membership, our allegations will be proven correct.

If you are interested in running for a Board position please contact ASL2025 at voteasl2025@gmail.com immediately. We will also need volunteers to help mount the campaign for the Board. If you can volunteer as little as two hours a week, please contact voteasl2025@gmail.com.

Remember: Nominations for the Board of Control for 2017 will take place in the League's 2nd floor gallery on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm. Check-in starts at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Sincerely,

ASL 2025 - The Reform Team






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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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