Save the Date — Wednesday, August 31st @ 6:30pm

Apparently, we’ve helped generate enough concern about the future of the art school that the Educational Alliance finally felt compelled to publically acknowledge the renovations. This week at least two announcements were sent to students and other supporters.  A Historic Moment was sent to what seems to be a wide audience of supporters on August 19th, a day after the art school’s administrator had sent an email to students from Lynn Appelbaum, EA’s Chief Program Officer, to announce the renovations and extend an invitation to “a special meeting on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 PM to learn more about the renovation.”

Not to sound like a broken record, but again, oc2sas is NOT opposed to the renovations of the Educational Alliance, per se. However we are very concerned that EA’s current plans include moving the art school from its current fifth floor space with high ceilings, big windows, and an abundance of natural light, to a smaller “ground floor” space with much lower  ceilings, small windows, and little natural light. We are also very concerned that in the “new” art school space on the “ground floor” there will no longer be a darkroom or a welding studio.

We realize that EA scheduled this meeting at what may be an inconvenient time for many, but we urge you to make every effort to attend on August 31st.  (FYI, the Art School is requesting that those who plan to attend RSVP to

Please RSVP so you can help us let the Educational Alliance leadership know that it needs to make sure that its renovations include provisions to reopen the art school in its longtime fifth floor home, or in an alternative yet comparable space that is appropriate for preserving ALL all the art school’s offering as well as its essential and historic spirit.

Also (and especially if you are NOT able to attend the meeting) please sign our petition to EA’s Board of Directors.  Are you on our email update list? If not, please send an email to us at

We hope to see you on the 31st!


Posted on August 24, 2011, in How You Can Help. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Funny how the arts are always the first to go when something is slated for change, then when the neighborhood needs enhancing, it’s the artists who come in and revive an area. The Educational Alliance Art School has a long and illustrious history, which apparently means little today. The faculty is outstanding and the studios, filled with the ghosts of many famous artists, will sadly disappear along with one of the only welding programs in NYC and a wonderful darkroom; faculty will lose their jobs. The community should be screaming; they will not know what they’re missing until it’s gone

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