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UCSD Crafts Center, Fallbrook Arts Center Closing
LA MESA -- This past week, many of us in the arts/crafts community of San Diego County heard shocking news. Two of the largest teaching facilities serving the public have been closed due to financial insolvency. The UCSD Craft Center taught multiple classes in glass blowing, pottery, jewelry making, even the art of making neon designs. The UCSD Craft Center website has a letter from Gary Ratcliff, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Student Life posted on every page explaining the circumstances. It will remain closed at least through all of 2013.
The Fallbrook Art Center had a metal foundry, classes in metalsmithing, pottery and glass blowing, painting, drawing and more. Although their website still shows all of their classes and other activities, their facilities have already been closed down, and are in the process of being dismantled. Emails are not being returned.
With the current financial situation causing the cutting back of art course offerings at Community Colleges and other public schools, we are at risk of creating a society devoid of any sort of public education in the arts. The only institutions capable of offering instruction will be private ones. How will they find staff in the future if no one learns how to do these things in our public education facilities?
I am happy to read that La Mesa/Spring Valley schools are considering offering a Magnet school for the Arts. Please remember, the Arts include visual as well as performing arts. I hope the plans come to fruition! I also hope that a Magnet High School will be in the future as well. There are many beautifully crafted 3-dimensional items that we use every day in society. Artisans need to be very skilled to create them.
The "Made In America" movement that has been gathering steam since the latest huge recession hit our nation, includes artistic creations as well. La Mesa has several very nice art businesses that need recognition and patronage! Perhaps some sort of group could be formed by all of us who create artistically designed work to have more of a public voice in our community. I'm ready to get involved and take a leadership role. Anybody else interested?