CVAaction is Fighting the Unusual, Abrupt Closure of the College of Visual Arts

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Last Thursday we reported on the abrupt announcement that the College of Visual Arts (CVA) will be shutting down operations for good at the end of the school year. With none of our staff being an Alumni from CVA we didn't have the inside scoop; but, what we found is that the college's students and alumni were unaware that the school was in financial trouble to the point of closing. (Which seemed odd to us.) Then we got a mysterious message from a group calling themselves "CVAaction." Below is the unedited message we received:

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There is another side to this story. An incredibly small board of directors (6 vs. standard of 20+) and the President closed the school without any stakeholder engagement or notification. Everyone found out via the media via this press release.

They are having a "info session" this Wednesday (today) at the Western building at 6pm. We need as many people there as possible, including the media to serve as a third party "watch dog". Please spread the word/thoughts/ideas. This is moving quickly.

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So if you are a student, proud alumni, or simply a citizen that doesn't want to see this great art and design school, with nearly a century of legacy, close, head down to the Western building at 6pm. The address is: 173 Western Ave N; St Paul, MN 55102

CVA Gallery and Western Studios Photo Credit: Google Maps

Comments

Naturally there is a LOT of information CVAaction is missing and its unfortunate. They mean well, but they're waving their swords in the wrong direction at the wrong people.

I bet there are a lot of people in this community-past presidents, alumni, concerned citizens who would gladly work with the board to keep CVA
viable...this decision can be reversed to give the school some time for creative problem solving...

Well if CVAaction is so misinformed, where is the information??? It is a nonprofit and suppose to be open to transparency. You sit there in your anonymous veil of smugness and say how they are waving swords in the wrong direction. Are just watching this laughing? Do you think it's funny that students and alumni who have spent thousands of dollars on their true passion, ART, which everyone knows, generally does not make any money, are trying to actively fight for something that has meaning in their lives? Do you think that a school who trained their students to be active in the community, to use art to fight for what they have and believe in with all their hearts, and to make art like money means nothing in this world, would stand by and just take all this hush hush secret bullshit that is going around in the ass? I don't think so. Loyalties were formed, art was created, and strength was invoked in these misinformed students of CVA. Whether or not people believe it, this world's history is embedded with the contributions of burning passionate artists sacrificing everything to stop wars, fight discrimination, and make new history in the lives of the people. You know what is unfortunate?? People who don't give a rat's ass anymore about the artistic humanities that have forged communities together. IF you ever cared about the arts and the embodiment of the human spirit that these people are trying to save then if you really knew anything, you would let someone know. Showering your humbled opinion around like it's gold all over the internet helps nothing.

It's not worth keeping open unless the start fresh with a new president, vice president, a new admissions team, and a Human Resources department. No one should be wearing more than one hat. It is not a healthy working environment and should be under brand new management.

THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT TEACHERS, STUDENTS WERE NOT KEPT UP-TO-DATE ON SCHOOL HAPPENINGS. WHY GO THROUGH FALL SCHEDULING AND CLASS STARTS? IS MS. VIRGINIA RAHJA AWARE OF THIS? I KNOW SHE IS ABOUT 90 YEARS OLD. iT DOESN'T MEAN SHE HAS NO CAPACITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING TO EDUCATION AND LOVE OF THE ARTS. SHE AND LOWELL BOBLETER WERE VERY INVOLVED IN BACKGROUND AND ACTUAL USE OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR THE JOY OF ART EITHER FOR THE PERSON OR PROFESSIONAL USE. I GRADUATED IN 1970. WHAT I LEARNED HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR OVER 40+ YEARS.

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