Great news! Over the Labor Day Weekend Penland School of Crafts admitted that they made mistakes and has agreed to repay all the artists/coordinators from 2000 - 2007.
Thank you to the Penland Board for coming to this decision!
This a a great day for workers, for artists, for the arts' community and for Penland School of Crafts. It was the right thing to do and they did it.
I want to thank EVERYONE who was involved in this group effort to get justice for former Penland artists! We could not have done it without your help. There are too many people to thank individually because we had over 440 people who signed our Change.org petition and I know that over 100 additional letters were sent to Penland directly and probably many more that I did not know about, as well as the overwhelming support from our NC Clay Club Blog subscribers, posting by Studio Potter Archive, the Mountain Express on-line edition and Facebook.
We had outstanding open letters sent in by many people which took a lot of courage and they were so thoughtful and heartfelt. Thank you for taking the time to express yourself publicly.
We couldn't have done it without everyone.
The former coordinators of the Penland School of Crafts THANK YOU!
Now the blog returns to it regularly scheduled programming.