My former school, Capilano University, has threatened to discontinue a number of programs due to lack of funding, since the government scaled back funding for many post secondary institutions (wtf?!). One of those programs is my beloved Textile Arts Program. I am angry, sad and appalled to say the least. The Textile Arts program changed my life course for the better in so many ways, and I know that is true for many other alumni. It is such a valuable program. There is no other program in North America (and perhaps the world) that offers such a rigorous and meaningful education in this field.
It wasn't until my time in the Textile Arts program at Capilano University that I knew what my vocation was; to work in the field of textiles as an artist and educator. The program instilled in me an appreciation for handwork, shared knowledge and community, as well as a new appreciation for all aspects of history in the context of textiles. The faculty are some of the most interesting and inspiring people I've met, and all put forth a curriculum that is both extremely challenging and fulfilling. Future students would be hard-pressed to find a better education in this field.
In the past weeks, since the university announced the cuts on April 24th, there has been an uproar by students, faculty and the wider community. Letters are being written and all the artwork on campus was shrouded in black or damaged. That was apparently not enough. We bought some time when the board granted the university a few more weeks to fundraise, but we need to convince the liberals to fund these programs again, and the president of the university to create a more creative budget strategy (or to resign).
///Sadly the Textile Art Department is no longer. Nor are any of the studio art programs at Capilano University\\\
To get up to date on the issue here are some links, and there is an online petition HERE.
A facebook page has been started:
and a web site gives additional information
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Writing letters helps, so here is a list of contacts and their emails. Write away!
Capilano University President, Kris Bulcroft:
North Vancouver Seymour Mla- Jane Thornthwaite – BC Liberal Party
North Vancouver Lonsdale Mla - Naomi Yamamoto – BC Liberal Party
West Vancouver Capilano Mla - Ralph Sultan – BC Liberal Party
West Vancouver Garibaldi Mla - Joan Mcintyre – BC Liberal Party
Minister of Education: Honourable Don Mcrae
Here is a copy of a letter sent from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design Faculty Association President to Dr. Kris Bulcroft:
Dear Kris Bulcroft,
And an open letter sent to the president of the University from the president of Emily Carr University of Art and Design's faculty association...
Dear Kris Bulcroft,
And here are some alumna testimonies...
I would like to extend my most sincere sympathy in regards to the proposed dissolution of the textile art program and how this will affect all of the faculty, students and prospective students.
I continue to be dismayed at the proposed cuts to the Capilano University budget. Despite vocal and fierce lobbying, the inability of the administration to enter dialogue on the topic is shockingly poor; the attitude of President Bulcroft is scornful and dismissive. I am ashamed of my school.