Friday, August 31, 2012

Penland Boycott – UPDATE



I wanted to thank everyone who is supporting us to get Penland to PAY BACK THE ARTISTS!

We are doing so well! We have over 417 people who have signed our Change.org petition and over 100 letters sent to Penland, and in only 10 days old!  We are seeking 5000 petitions so we need your help to continue spreading the word.

All these Open Letters posted this week have been great and now I think Penland cannot just say it is John Britt. It is over 500 Penland supporters who have stood up and said – enough is enough. 

This support has only strengthened my resolve and with your help we will get Penland to do the right thing and repay the artists.  

Penland has over 27 million in assets and somehow can’t find one penny to spare for its hardest working artists?! I imagine that if the administration had been denied pay they would have found the money by now.
Just so you know, per your suggestions, I have bumper stickers on the way- 


Thanks and help us on Facebook to spread the word!

John Britt

6 comments:

chris said...

Allright. I think we all know what John means, at least I hope I do, but I DO NOT support a boycott of Penland. I support efforts to put pressure on on the school administration to do right and do better. I have and will continue to send my students, friends, shopmates and most recently my wife, who was there this summer and will be back this fall, to Penland. The work Penland does and the experience it offers is unparalleled. Their leadership has some things to answer for, and some errors to fix, but we should separate that from the good that happens there every day, regardless of who's in charge. It's about a bunch of people working and learning together. I just wish I didn't have to tell everyone, "Go! But don't stay."

Chris Winterstein
Penland student, work study, chef, caterer, studio assistant and coordinator 1995-2005

Eleanore said...

John, I think it would help to regularly provide a link to the petition. I can't find it on Change.org.

Thanks,
Eleanore Despina
Point Reyes Station, CA

John Britt said...

Thanks Elenore, linked i ton the page and here:

http://www.change.org/petitions/penland-school-board-chairman-repay-the-artists

Robin Dreyer said...

Penland is taking action and has just posted a statement here:

http://www.penland.org/statement.html

Tammy Hitchcock said...

I hope everyone reads the latest response from Penland about the resolution to this controversy--very informative, especially if you go on to read the Q&A part: http://www.penland.org/statement.html

Tammy Hitchcock said...

I hope everyone reads the latest response from Penland about the resolution to this controversy--very informative, especially if you go on to read the Q&A part: http://www.penland.org/statement.html