Friends of OCAC: Letter to the OCAC Board of Trustees
12 February 2019

To the Oregon College of Art and Craft Board of Trustees:
Sheryl Acheson, Bonhams
Julietta Bauman, ERA Brokers Consolidated
Tom Davis, John I. Haas Inc.
Harold Goldstein, OPAD
Jeanine Jablonski, Fourteen30 Contemporary
Deneen King, Bunny & Clyde Chocolates LLC
Bonnie Laing–Malcolmson, Arts Professional / Past President, OCAC
Howard Lichter, Nike
Randy O’Connor, M Financial
Wilf Pinfold, Community Leader
Richard Price, Attorney
Jane M. Schiffhauer, Artist
Kristin Valente, Ernst & Young LLP
Jacob Winkler, Nike

As students, teachers, artists, makers, and community members, we have all benefited in innumerable ways from our connections with the Oregon College of Art and Craft and its vibrant community. The Friends of OCAC formed in December 2018 to share the importance of this historic and celebrated institution with a new generation of Portlanders through events and projects designed to connect, support, and grow the widespread OCAC community. Our Passport to Creativity event on February 2nd, hosted in collaboration with OCAC’s Community Programs, brought in over 200 people to explore OCAC’s open studios and meet with instructors, studio managers, and Studio School students. Many of the attendees had never set foot on OCAC’s campus before. Portland is full of people interested in the mission and programs of OCAC — all they need is an invitation to get involved.

Over the past few years, and especially during the merger and closure decision-making processes, the extended members of the community have felt left out of the information loop. Friends of OCAC wishes to address these concerns by connecting OCAC’s extended network back to the school, inviting them home and making them feel welcome.

To that end, we would now like to invite the members of the Board of Trustees to attend a town hall meeting with the OCAC community, with the aim of clarifying the school’s current situation and goals, and to facilitate constructive brainstorming between the Board and the OCAC community on how community members can better support the school and its programs. We would like to suggest an evening the week of February 25th as a potential date.

As you are well aware, the OCAC community is a widespread network of vibrant, creative people. All of us are bursting with ideas and energy to support this beloved institution — we just need your guidance to do our best work. We look forward to meeting with you at your earliest convenience.


In anticipation,

Dakotah Fitzhugh, community member
Mardy Widman, retired staff
Judilee Fitzhugh, OCAC ‘02, Fibers Adjunct Faculty
Marilyn Zornado, Extension Programs Instructor
Georgiana Nehl, Drawing/Painting and Foundations Professor Emerita
and the Friends of OCAC
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Current OCAC Closure Information
The Board of Trustees has voted to close the degree–seeking programs. Students who complete all degree or certificate requirements by the end of Spring 2019 will earn their degree or certificate from OCAC. Students who do not complete requirements by then will be referred to a partner institution for completion.

At present, no final decision has been made about the immediate future of OCAC's Community Programs, including Studio School and summer Art Adventures.

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About the Friends of OCAC
As students, teachers, artists, makers, and community members, the Friends of OCAC have benefited in innumerable ways from their connections with the Oregon College of Art and Craft community. Friends of OCAC aims to share the importance of this historic and celebrated institution with a new generation of Portlanders through events and projects designed to connect, support, and grow the widespread OCAC community.

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