Community, Individuality, Voice: AIB's name change
Are you an attending student or alumni of the Art Institute of Boston? Or are you a part of the faculty? How do you feel about our school, and what it represents?
The Art Institute of Boston has had a strong community base that’s created a robust sense of unity and pride in its students. It’s a small, intimate school that encourages growth, individualism, and breaking comfort zones. All are attributes that have readied many students to breach the line and become artists-- artists with confidence and partnership with our peers, especially those who have learned beside each other and taught us our trade. AIB has always emphasized the importance in community, and speaking as one of its members, I feel that this emphasis shouldn’t be lost. A part of what lends this special quality to AIB is its individuality—from other art schools, and from Lesley. While we are a part of Lesley and there is an overlap in community, there would still be a loss in the uniqueness of AIB as a school for the name change to place an emphasis on Lesley rather than AIB as an art school. So we’re asking you to strongly consider AIB’s voice in its name change. Please allow the emphasis to be on AIB the art school, and not AIB as just another piece of Lesley. Allow us to be the Cambridge College of Arts at Lesley University (CCALU), or Academy of Arts at Lesley University (AALU), or Cambridge Arts & Design at Lesley University (CADLU), or Cambridge Arts Center at Lesley (CACL), etc. Allow us to keep our individuality during all these changes.
If you're apart of AIB and feel that it's important that our new name represents what and who we are as a school please raise your voice and sign this petition.
Note: In the comments when signing please include if you are a student, alumni, or faculty.
I encourage you to also personally email the AIB dean at firstname.lastname@example.org AND the Lesley University president at Joseph.Moore@lesley.edu