Here’s the note that’s circulating:
CALL TO ACTION!
It was announced on Monday, October 7th that after the Spring 2014 semester, A-B Tech will no longer be offering any classes in the Drama department. Besides being a huge blow to the arts here at A-B Tech, we feel this is a major detriment to the communities of Asheville and Western North Carolina. In an area where entertainment is a viable field of employment, in a town that has been ranked numerous times over the last decade as a top arts destination, our “Community’s College, Dedicated to Student Success,” has announced the closure of a program that offers students a variety of valuable skills, not only in theatre-specific realms like acting, script analysis, scenic design and construction, but also in critical “soft skills” like time management, organization, creative problem-solving, and people skills such as collaboration and networking. These are skills prospective employers rank highly, and A-B-Tech’s Drama department has spent the last decade offering such skills in a safe, affordable, welcoming environment that offers not only education, but support and community. The disappearance of this resource from our area will be felt most strongly at the college, but will echo in ripples throughout Asheville and the surrounding areas.
Please make your support for this invaluable program known. There will be a meeting on campus, in Elm 230, with A-B Tech Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Beth Stewart, THIS FRIDAY, October 11, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Please call to register for this appointment at either (828) 398-7651 or (828) 398-7652. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please take a few minutes to write and send and email regarding this decision. Dr. Stewart’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may want to copy A-B Tech President, Dr. Hank Dunn, at email@example.com.
Also, and this is especially important, GET THE WORD OUT! Forward this information to anyone with an interest in the future of education and the arts in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Ask them to do their part, be it attending the meeting, or writing letters, or making phone calls. The more people we can reach with this, the better. Please let our “Community’s College” know that our Community SUPPORTS A-B Tech Drama!
President, A-B Tech Drama Club