Dear Current Skylight Board,
It is with full conscience that I resign my position on the Skylight Education Advisory Board. Although the experiences in the past have been ones that I have considered worthwhile, I can no longer promote the direction in which I feel the Skylight is moving artistically. Having a full career in Fine Arts Education, and holding a philosophy that embraces both the product and the process of creative artistry, I do not see unity with the system of beliefs or action of the current Skylight administration or Board. I can not feel, with clear conscience, that I can ethically bring students to the current Skylight knowing that the productions there are the result of such inappropriate and disrespectful action toward artists. Serving as an advocate for Arts Education means holding true to the belief that there is integrity for the artist who is faithful and doesn't succumb to the games and trappings of an abrasive world. There are clearly other worthy and less dissonant choices for them.
I sent you prior notices and letters of concern, and none of them were directly answered. I will not repeat the content of those statements. You may choose to research them; perhaps you might provide them to the FULL board. Clearly, however, you have enough work to do.
You may wish to know that other educators and students are well-aware of the current Skylight cannibalism. As Sondheim writes in his work INTO THE WOODS,"Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see, and learn."
I would remind you of the important duty you have in this regard, and what great opportunity you may not realize while your actions do not match your mission.
L. Thomas Lueck
Fine Arts Educator
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
lueck quits: "i cannot ethically bring
students to the current skylight"
when the educators are jumping ship, something is happening. tommy lueck, a member of the skylight education advisory board, joins the chorus and sends his letter of resignation:
posted at 7:17 PM