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August 6, 2021

Dear Schack Community

Dear Schack Patrons,

On behalf of the Schack Art Center, I would like to apologize to all our patrons for the confusion surrounding the postponement of Bob Fink’s exhibit as well as any harm to our consultants and staff. 

The Schack Art Center and Mr. Fink had agreed to postpone (not cancel) his Artist of the Year show until 2022. Moving Mr. Fink’s show would have allowed staff the needed time to finalize policies on curating shows and displaying images of indigenous people and children. This would allow us to work with Mr. Fink to ensure that the images and narratives would align with our goal of reflecting our values on diversity, equity and inclusion and presenting cultures through their voice.

We were sad to read in the Herald’s article that our consultants’ example of what not to do was taken out of context as a reference to Mr. Fink’s photographs. We want to publicly apologize for any negative light this may have brought upon our consultants and for any harm or confusion this caused. 

We are always listening and learning. Our staff and board members are actively doing the work of educating themselves and aligning our policies to ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all. We will make certain that we continue to address the art and experiences of people of all communities, including those that have been traditionally marginalized. 

We will continue to share policy updates and changes with you as they are formed. Schack Art Center is committed to the ongoing work of serving our community and celebrating and promoting our artists. 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and encouragement you give the Schack. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter.

 

Respectfully,

Judy Tuohy

Executive Director

Schack Art Center

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