On Monday we went to the public meeting with Chancellor Lamb at the Fort Mason Campus regarding the proposed closure of our art program at that location.
Testimony from Older Adult and Art students was passionate, often praising the high quality of their experience and arts training. “This is an absolutely beautiful place to work in. The light that comes in is remarkable. Artists need spaces like these to capture the transference of light.”
Loss of this campus would be detrimental to the arts programs and students. Many testified they are unable or unwilling to cross town to attend classes at the Mission or Ocean Campuses. At a moment when City College is open, and accredited and (soon) free, the District needs to envision enrollment growth, not further loss of facilities or students. Many volunteered to fundraise, donate and promote programs. “Use us!” one student declared. “But if you close this campus, you will never open here again.”
Back and forth claims between Administration and Fort Mason reps revealed communication and expectations are murky at best. Though both sides acknowledged a willingness to keep City College at Fort Mason and that there is room for negotiations. We will stay involved and keep you informed of developments.
A discussion of this topic is agendized for the March 23 BOT meeting.