The University of Michigan gamelan faces an uncertain future, despite its nearly 50-year history of vibrant educational opportunities and performances with many world-renowned artists. While the School of Music, Theater & Dance has just broke ground for a new addition, it can’t seem to find a place in its priorities (nor its facilities) for a permanent commitment to this venerable ensemble! The Michigan Daily has chimed in with this feature story, which offers a good overview of the history of the ensemble, how it arrived in Ann Arbor, and it’s history at the University. Current concerned students have created a petition to gather signatures. If you’re reading this, you can voice your support and sign it, too!
And of course, go to the concert on February 15, 2014 at Stamps Auditorium to show your support!
You can also contact university administrators directly, including the dean of the School of Music, the Provost, and the University President. And of course, go to the concert on February 15, 2014 at Stamps Auditorium to show your support!
Here is some of the social media buzz from the first 48 hours of the petition going live here on storify, and here’s some of the tweets so far:
Update: nearing 2,000 signatures on the petition, in 48 hours.
Nearly 2,000 signatures in 2 days!