Syracuse is fortunate to now have a Public Arts Commission in recognition of the fact that art – and the creative people it attracts – make for a healthier, more economically viable city. Why? Because we’re human and we want to have fun, enjoy beauty, get our thoughts provoked once in awhile, and feel like we average folks can enjoy some excellence in the cultural life of the city. People want to live in a city that treats them like people. And people come to a city to see art… and spend money while they’re there.
Today, the Common Council appointed the director and curator of the Warehouse Gallery, Astria Suparak, to the Public Arts Commission. Too bad she may not be around for the full three years’ stint to grace the Commission with her ability to connect with city organizations, businesses and residents. Her superior at S.U., Jeffrey Hoone, fired her last week for reasons yet to be revealed. The arts communities in the city, on the hill, in other states and even in other countries are outraged, as are many of us residents who appreciate what Astria has done in her one short year here. If a creative person of her excellent international reputation is so shabbily treated here in Syracuse, who on earth are we going to get next?
If you care about encouraging creative people to stay in Syracuse, and if you care about Syracuse’s reputation in the world – now sullied by this action – and if you care about Syracuse University reflecting its chancellor’s reminder that “democracy requires that every voice have access to the circle where ideas, opinions and outlooks are exchanged and decisions are made…”, visit these two websites for further information and let your voice be heard: