[Art-instructors] Message form the Chair

Jamie Reeves jjr18c at my.fsu.edu
Fri Jun 5 03:27:54 EDT 2020

Hi Stephanie and other CFA Faculty!

I love that yall are speaking out to us in support of this movement. I think it would be really amazing to see more black instructors in the College of Fine Arts, or maybe open up a scholarship fund specifically for black students, like the awards you just sent out a few weeks ago.
We in the arts must always push for justice and fair representation, and I just really think this movement is the perfect time to examine how so many of our institutions, organizations, and communities are white- dominant.
I encourage y'all to hold some sort of panel or Zoom discussion, as well as working with the students of the CFA to discuss how we can bring greater black representation to the College of Fine Arts and what steps to take moving forward.

I am 100% confident that y'all will do the right thing, I have never questioned the good intentions of any CFA Faculty, just now that we are all aware about all this I we really need to start challenging our own local boards of leadership, and making some positive change.
Love yall and thank you for acknowledging this huge civil rights movement,
Jamie Reeves
Class of 2022

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Subject: [Art-bastudio] Message form the Chair

Dear Students, Instructors, Staff and Faculty in the Department of Art,

I want to express my deepest sympathy at the recent events in Minnesota and Brunswick, Georgia. The death of George Floyd is awful and unbelievable; I hope all of the four officers involved are held properly accountable for their actions. And the same for the two who wrongfully and for no reason, took the life of Ahmaud Arbery. Coming from a white woman of privilege I hope this does not come across as ingenuine but I am saddened by the brutality of the police against black people in this country and the long history of the inequity and systemic racism. Every one of us must take it seriously enough to find ways to stop this outrageous violence. I came to art because I believe that art is a profoundly human way of being and it offers so much to us as a society to bond and unite.

I can appreciate that many of you are angered and cannot find solace; I want you to know that the Department is standing in solidarity with our colleagues and peaceful demonstrators against racism and discrimination.

As President Thrasher outlined in his message; ‘it is important during these times that we reaffirm the values that we, as a university, hold most dear – respect, civility, and diversity and inclusion – as well as our commitment to justice and equality.’



Stephanie James

Chair, Department of Art

College of Fine Arts

Florida State University

Tel: (850) 644-8254

Email: sljames at fsu.edu

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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