There is something rotten in the state of NSCAD, and the rot is centered at the top. It is a Necrotizing fasciitis that takes root and grows in the dark, and the time has come to shine some sunlight upon the problem.
Join MSVU Art Gallery Director, Laura Ritchie, in conversation with Lindsay Dobbin, Frances Dorsey, Robin Metcalfe, Lisa Myers, and Michelle Sylliboy about the work of late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald (1941-2006). A Queer media artist, MacDonald is remembered in part for his environmental work planting pollinator gardens across Canada.
Wonderful program presented by the Halifax-Dartmouth and District Labour Board.
And each child we birth
We are begging in hope
To stop killing us
Take our heads out your scope
And your head
out your asses
Cause your killing without care, without consequence
Charles Reeve and Samir Gandesha: “While we hear much lately about the interlocking dangers of “cancel culture” versus “free speech,” NSCAD’s example shows that the real threat to universities is corporatization, as long-term decreases in public funding destabilize faculty and students by driving universities into the arms of donors with self-serving agendas.”
Another great poem by Chad Norman:
I am sure you have seen him there.
Seemingly so confident, unalone
and unafraid, the gigantic gun
falling over him like a fashion
chosen by those brothers, everything
to do with a white Romerica.
Fighting systemic racism takes more than words, and the board’s statement only illustrates the extent to which it is disconnected from realities on the ground, say critics of the NSCAD Board of Governors, which stays put despite losing the confidence of most of those it aims to govern.
Students don’t tend to care a whole lot when university presidents retire or move on. But they got angry when the NSCAD Board of Governors (BOG) abruptly fired president Dr. Aoife Mac Namara, widely considered the first NSCAD president to take the occurrence of systemic racism at the school seriously.
There’s a double standard in Nova Scotia society, one that allows a man found guilty of domestic abuse to resume his job as Liberal spokesperson, yet that punishes one bad tweet with the loss of what must have been a major source of income for a female freelance journalist.
PSA: Friends of NSCAD is hosting a rally to #FireTheNSCADBoard and #ReinstateAoife! This action will be held in protest of NSCAD’s Board of Governors whose irresponsible leadership and lack of oversight have steered the University into further uncertainty during an unprecedented global pandemic.