Dear Mr. Mosher:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Studio 23/The Arts Center,
please accept our apologies for the cancellation of the "Homeland
Security" show by John Douglas. Unfortunately, the Studio 23 Board
of Directors was negligent in their roles as managers of the business
and affairs of Studio 23/The Arts Center, by giving show approval
without the proper visual representation and understanding of the
scope of this particular exhibit. Our change in Executive Director
at Studio 23 created a gap in communication between staff and Board
leading to this misunderstanding and the decision to cancel.
The Board of Directors takes its leadership role and its responbilities
for the creative direction of Studio 23/The Arts Center very seriously.
Although we understand your concerns and see the need for serious
conversation about national and international issues, we do not feel
that Studio 23/The Arts Center is the proper venue for these conversations.
It is the concensus of the Board that a university setting would be
far more advantageous for these discussions. At a university setting,
a diverse segment of area residents, as well as your neighbors, could
enter into serious dialogues on the war and preparedness in America
at levels that Studio 23/The Arts Center could not facilitate.
Although, we understand your disappointment, the Board of Directors
also has a fiduciary responsibility to Studio 23/The Arts Center,
and must be needful of the wide mix of political views and feelings
of our sponsors and members.
Your letter stimulated a great deal of discussion at Board level.
This discussion is leading to some valuable considerations at Studio
23/The Arts Center that should prevent an incident like this happening
in the future.
Once again, please accept our apologies for the abrupt cancellation
of this exhibit.
Executive Director l
Studio 23/The Arts Center