Thanks to the generous and passionate outpouring of support for the Javanese gamelan at the University of Michigan, the School of Music, Theater, and Dance has decided to maintain a graudate student who will provide teaching support to the ensemble in the next academic year!
There has still not been a clear statement from the School on whether it truly supports this ensemble, emblematic of international arts performance and cultural exchange, over the long term. The Dean issued a statement that has not addressed the question of the ensemble’s long-term future. The statement also offers an ambiguous (though presumably critical) response to the article that appeared in the campus newspaper.
What Can You Do?
So you want to help? Here’s a few things to do:
- It seems clear that the only way to secure a permanent space and teaching plan for the gamelan at Michigan will be for as many people as possible to contact the Dean directly to voice their perspectives and provide advice on this situation. Also let other administrators and decision-makers (e.g., faculty) at the University know of your concerns.
- You can make a public comment on Facebook at the SoMTD’s post regarding the Dean’s statement at https://www.facebook.com/umichsmtd/posts/10151991335763253.
- If you voice your concerns on social media like Facebook and Twitter, use the #saveUMgamelan hashtag!
- You can still sign the petition!
If you haven’t been following the story to this point, check out my earlier post, which chronicles the petition: Save the UM Gamelan.
This post was updated! Please leave a comment on Facebook!