LETTER: Island art center is broken

In review of the recent VCA Town Hall meeting, thanks to Kevin Joyce for moderating a sticky confrontation. His composure gave many there the courage to voice opinions that might have not been heard. It was standing room only, mostly appalled artists who have lost a significant part of themselves.

“Nobody told us” is a line that reflects monumental hubris and lack of interest in the entire Vashon arts scene. Just how were you not aware of what Vashon Allied Arts means to this community and still maintain a seat on the VCA board? Thirty years of arts in the schools programs, educational offerings through the Blue Heron, ballet, music, gallery shows and yes, the Heron’s Nest. No matter how small someone’s yearly sales there, it meant a great deal to the artists in the way of exposure, compensation and further commissions.

I have heard VCA staff have been threatened with loss of their jobs for raising concerns. Is that really the way to run an organization? The current director had to read over and over again her vision, which I believe amounted to fluffy nothings. Of the approximately 11 board members present, no one could repeat the VCA mission statement. VCA is not a museum. It is an island functioning arts center that was not broken. It is now.

— George Wright

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