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Urban League Los Angeles and Antioch University Partner To Provide Mentorship and Scholarships - PRNewswire

Urban League Los Angeles and Antioch University Partner To Provide Mentorship and Scholarships - PRNewswire


Urban League Los Angeles and Antioch University Partner To Provide Mentorship and Scholarships - PRNewswire

Posted: 01 Oct 2020 08:50 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Antioch University and Los Angeles Urban League have partnered to offer scholarships for the members of Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP). Active members of LAULYP are eligible to receive their first-course tuition-free. In addition, active members who also serve as mentors in the Antioch University/Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals Student Mentor Program will also be eligible to receive the last course tuition-free.

"We are thrilled to partner with Los Angeles Urban League," said Mark Hower, Provost and CEO of Antioch University Los Angeles. "The Urban League Young Professionals are an exceptional group, and we are honored that they will be mentoring our students of color to help support their academic success and promote their professional growth."

"The Los Angeles Urban League is delighted to be partnering with Antioch University to offer programming for young professional individuals. As we solidify this relationship which will also benefit our Los Angeles Urban League Young Professional members, we recognize that our mutual commitment with Antioch University to solve social, educational and economic challenges will be a gift to the communities we serve," said Michael Lawson, President and CEO of Los Angeles Urban League. "Educating and uniquely serving our respective stakeholders are congruent to our missions."

Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals are committed to corporate, social, and community contributions to enhance the African-American business climate in Los Angeles. LAULYP hosted a virtual panel on August 22, 2020, for Antioch's students of color to provide the students the opportunity to hear from the game-changing leaders of LAULYP. The panel members, who are all from different industries, spoke on how they navigated through their college career, found their way in Corporate America, and how they continue to strive and thrive through the social and political issues that impact our society. 

"The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals is honored to partner with Antioch University as we support their students on their collegiate journey. It is my desire as President that through this partnership, students will be well equipped to conquer the ever-changing demands of the workforce. We believe this relationship will be rewarding for both organizations by creating impactful connections through our collaboration and mentorship,"  said Ashley McCullough, President of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals.

Members of the Urban League Young Professionals can choose from classes at Antioch Online, which includes bachelor's degree completion programs, master's degrees in business, humanities, human services administration, nonprofit management, social sciences, and a doctorate in education. On-Campus programs are held at Antioch's Los Angeles campus located in Culver City. Classes include bachelor's degree completion programs, teacher credentialing, and master's degrees in clinical psychology, education, urban sustainability, and a low-residency MFA in creative writing.

The National Urban League focuses on four empowerment areas – education, jobs, housing, and health – for the underserved in the United States. This aligns with Antioch University's mission to provide learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, racial, economic, and environmental justice

About Los Angeles Urban League: For 100 years, Los Angeles Urban League has served as a powerful advocate for African-Americans and other minorities by ensuring our communities have access to careers with living wages, opportunities to start and grow businesses, and clear pathways to personal and professional growth. https://laul.org/

About Antioch University: Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University includes a Graduate School of Leadership and Change; Antioch Online; and campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; and Seattle. A bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education, Antioch University is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)3 institution and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. www.antioch.edu

For more information, please contact:

Los Angeles Urban League: Ron Carter, [email protected], (323) 864-7092

Antioch University: Karen Hamilton, [email protected] (310) 804-3795

SOURCE Los Angeles Urban League

Why art schools must become less corporate and more radical again - i-D

Posted: 07 Sep 2020 12:00 AM PDT

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, many art schools across the UK decided to cancel their annual degree shows and replace them with online 'showcases' of students' work. The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) was no exception, but in an act of protest — after months of difficulties with management at the school — almost all students graduating from its prestigious Masters in Fine Art refused to show their work in the digital space allocated to them. Instead they'd planned en masse to share a link to their own website.

It was there that they planned to share two letters they'd sent to management at the school, highlighting grievances concerning the mishandling of the last four months of their education. The students claim they have as yet received no direct response, aside from a recognition of complaint.

The letters were not intended as an official complaint, but were sent to implore management to listen to what the students needed and to open up serious conversations about the future of their education. But an hour before the site was to go live, they reportedly received an email co-signed by the Head of Fine Art, Dr. Alistair Payne, telling them that they hadn't submitted work as requested so management had taken it upon themselves to issue a blanket statement on the university's official website for students without consultation. The statement read: "Under the current conditions I refuse to showcase either finished pieces or work in progress as I've not had access to my studio and to facilities".

The student group was aghast, as they felt the reasons for not showing their work were much more nuanced, and sent an email back to Dr. Alistair Payne asking that the statement not be released. They claim to have received an out-of-office email in response, but the statement was eventually taken down a few days later.

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Photography Ed Compson

"At the beginning it just felt like we could actually do something about this," says Ayla Dmyterko, former student rep for their class, "if we get on this we can write these letters, and they'll listen to us." She had initially hoped to convince management to let the class pause for a term and graduate later in 2021, a sentiment shared by many graduating students across the UK — illustrated by the Pause or Pay campaign — a pressure group formed by students to either postpone classes until universities reopen or receive financial compensation for lack of a proper education. But they say it soon became apparent that management had no interest in considering this as a valid option for students.

"I would have expected some sort of support," says Ragini Chawla, another recent graduate of the GSA Masters of Fine Art degree, "even if there was some attempt at continuing education in any way, like lectures or reading groups." But students were told they'd be assessed on work submitted before the 16th of March, essentially ending their education four months early without any kind of compensation. This follows disruption in the weeks preceding lockdown due to the University and College Union (UCU) strike of February and March, where tutors at 74 universities across the UK withheld their labour for 14 days to protest two separate disputes: the unsustainable nature of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), which means university staff are paying far more into their pensions than they will eventually get out of them; and the failure of universities to improve wages, casualisation, equality and unmanageable workloads.

The GSA MFA students say the strike was supported by their year group wholeheartedly but they have now worked out that the lack of access to resources or education equates to a combined loss of £91,191.17 worth of their fees between them. This figure includes other workshop closures and disruption due to staff shortages and illness.

Dr. Gordon Hush, Head of the Innovation School at GSA, has been dealing with the school's academic continuity plans since March, and explained that the decision to stop teaching and assess students on previous grades was made "to prevent the differing levels of personal access to digital or physical resources privileging some students over others". He further explained that to concede to the Pause or Pay campaign would bankrupt the entirety of the higher education sector in the UK. He adds: "GSA staff, almost all of whom went to art or design school themselves at one point, are sympathetic to the points that […] our students are making." However, the bottom line is they are "constrained by the financial realities of our institutions."

Even so, the students have become, as Ed Compson, recent graduate of the Painting MA at the Royal College of Art describes, "non-consensual donors". They had entered into a contract as a consumer of a certain kind of education but, on not receiving it, were being told they had to pay up anyway.

Ed is part of the RCA Action Group, formed by students at the Royal Collage of Art in London, who teamed up to apply pressure on university management after claiming treatment not dissimilar to students at the GSA. But instead of being told they would graduate without further assessment or education, students at the RCA were offered digital learning through Zoom. For studio-based practises, such as painting, students felt this was an inadequate stand-in for access to studios, workshops and face-to-face tutorials.

"The GSA MFA students say the strike was supported by their year group wholeheartedly but they have now worked out that the lack of access to resources or education equates to a combined loss of £91,191.17 worth of their fees between them."

The group quickly sought legal advice to confirm whether or not the education RCA was offering them was as promised at the beginning of their course, and claim the outcome was a legal opinion that swung in their favour. But this had no effect on how RCA management proceeded. In response, the group decided to take action and organise a mass withholding of fees. This, however, only resulted in students being threatened with expulsion and claims that international students would be reported to the Home Office if they did not pay within a two-week period, as reported in this letter.

Feeling they had nothing left to lose, the RCA Action Group teamed up with the University and Colleges Union (UCU) to organise a vote of no confidence in the RCA management. This involved an official vote organised by the RCA UCU and an open letter signed by over 800 students, alongside Jeremy Deller and the four winners of last year's Turner Prize.

The Action Group are still in a long, drawn-out internal complaints process regarding their right to compensation for their lack of learning, but through issuing this vote of no confidence have managed to gain some traction on other issues. According to Ed, the RCA has agreed to put aside £200,000 for physical degree shows for students who have graduated in 2020, which will take place early next year. Although this means many international students may not be able to participate due to travel costs, it's still more than they'd originally been offered.

This vote of no confidence has also been successful in pressuring the school to allocate budget for visiting lecturers next year, meaning that a good portion of the 90% of staff at the RCA who do not have permanent contracts -- many of whom work on zero-hour contracts -- will not lose their jobs. This is a complete U-turn following the announcement in April of a hiring freeze, which would have possibly resulted in an estimated 200 to 400 lecturers not being invited back. Though RCA does not keep equal opportunities data, at Goldsmiths and the University of the Arts London, The Justice for Workers campaign group reports that 75% of casualised university staff being laid off in the UK are from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, with a large number of these staff members being women.

"Not only did [tuition fees] introduce a significant level of marketisation into higher education, it was really a first move in shifting students towards jobs that were considered 'economically useful', which is bad for arts and humanities subjects."

"The UCU strikes happened largely because staff feel that the environments being created are bad for the students," Juliet Jacques, writer, filmmaker and casualised staff member at the RCA explains, "the students noticed that and tended to join us on the picket line."

Juliet believes that the managerial issues which have come to light during the last five months are part of a wider, more structural problem with its roots in the late 90s. In 1998, one year after Tony Blair came into government, New Labour introduced tuition fees to replace student grants that had allowed students to study debt-free. "Not only did that introduce a significant level of marketisation into higher education, it was really a first move in shifting students towards jobs that were considered 'economically useful', which is bad for arts and humanities subjects."

But it's more than just the forcing of students to think about routes to financial success, it's an ideological move. "You really see during the 21st century, towards the end of the 90s, a foreclosing of this idea of cultural democracy," she explains, "there's been been an attempt to socially engineer less interest in [the arts] because the government don't want all these troublesome artists, writers and creative people who tend to criticise their view of the world." It's a conscious "gentrification of the art school", by making it harder to access financially and the education received less thorough and radical, which has gone hand-in-hand with conservative politics under neoliberalism.

British art schools are some of the best in the world (with the RCA being ranked as number one for art and design by QS World University Rankings) and these reputations, she explains, "have been very carefully built up through decades of innovation and intelligence." She believes that these reputations will be lost in the near future if art schools don't alter how they operate.

George Lynch, who has just graduated from the RCA's Writing MA, agrees that the issues lie in the treatment of staff and students by the upper echelons of management. George chose not to share her work on the digital showcase, instead choosing to issue a damning statement on the way that the school is being run. The final decision not to participate came in late May, after the wave of Black Lives Matter protests spread across the world. She was reflecting on racism she'd witnessed at the RCA and had "this strong feeling that actually it's important to be rude, it's important to be disruptive", adding "I think we need to all get a bit better at not being so fucking nice."

As for an alternative, it doesn't seem like there is one that gives students the privileged access to their industries that higher education currently provides. There does, however, seem to be a growing interest in grassroots alternative arts education. As well as more established initiatives such as Antiuniversity, a group who aim to challenge institutional education by reigniting the spirit of the 1968 Antiuniversity of London or School of the Damned, a cooperative, student-run alternative to an art MA, the recent BLM protests have sparked an interest in other forms of education that specifically aim to decolonise the art school. Dark Study, a decentralised, digital educational program founded by the American artist Caitlin Cherry, focuses on bolstering the education of students by validating the perspectives of "Black, Indigenous, First Generation, and low-income students who… experience little support".

There is a general consensus that the next few years of higher education will continue to get worse, as the pandemic affects numbers of international students coming to study in the UK and universities slide into more and more debt. But with the recent mobilisation of students across the UK, there is hope that internal campaigns to hold university management accountable will remain active. In the last six months, links have been formed between student campaign groups and the UCU, giving the fight for a better arts education system a broader, more solid foundation. Graduating students are working to involve those in the years below them so that new students can take over the fight. It seems that, right now, art schools are at the beginning of a long, slow process of change, but what that change will look like is yet to be revealed.

Goldsmiths University Campus Justify 29 Tonnes of Carrot Dumped as 'Art' Installation, But People Are Unconvinced; Watch Viral Videos of 'Orange Tsunami' - Yahoo India News

Posted: 01 Oct 2020 12:36 AM PDT

Goldsmiths University in London yesterday saw part of its campus street turn orange after heaps of carrots were dumped here. As much as 29 tonnes or carrot were unloaded from a truck in the university campus. Anyone would wonder why, but the reply is not as expected. The university explained it as an "art installation" and a part of Goldsmiths' MFA degree show. All the carrots were at the end of it were donated to farm animals. But something about the concept hasn't fit in with many people who have criticised it for food wastage. Videos of carrots being dumped on the streets were shared online and quickly went viral with mixed reactions. Duct-Taped Banana Artwork Titled 'Comedian' by Italian Artist Maurizio Cattelan Is Selling for $120K at Miami's Art Basel (View Pic).

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Spanish-Welsh artist Rafael Perez Evans called his piece 'Grounding' where he installed a large lorry outside the Ben Pimlott building at Goldsmiths College in New Cross, in London. As per the artist these vegetables were rejected by supermarkets. On his website he explains it as "site-specific intervention exploring some of the tensions in visibility between the rural and the city," with reference to protest by farmers neglected by urbanites. He even added it as a "therapeutic technique of grounding involves doing activities that "ground" or electrically reconnect you to the earth." Videos of the carrot dumping have been shared online and some called it an 'orange tsunami.' Kellogg's Launches Beer Made with Rejected Cornflakes to Reduce Food Wastage.

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Carrots At Goldsmith

Some people were even seen clicking pictures on these load of carrots. Here's the explanation from the University:

But the piece of art was more misinterpreted by many who criticised all this food wastage. Check some reactions:

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Wastage of Food


People Could Have Benefited


Abuse of Privilege

The concept thus hasn't convinced many, as from the looks of it, the carrots do look fine. Several people opined that this was sheer wastage of food and thus did little to bring highlight to the original concept drawing attention to the same.

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