Dear MCAD Community,
I hope this note finds you well. As we witnessed the acts of domestic terrorism over the past days, I have felt anguish and concern in equal measure. MCAD categorically rejects xenophobia, racism, violence, and misinformation that have been perpetuated by members of the current administration. As an educational institution dedicated to creativity, innovation and empathy, we all should be alarmed by the ugliness that has surfaced in our country during this presidential transition.
Over the upcoming days, leading up to and after the January 20th presidential inauguration, we need to be prepared for the potential for more violence around the country and in the Twin Cities. Federal authorities are warning state and local law enforcement about threats of possible violence at state capitols including St. Paul. We will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure the safety of our community.
I encourage you to stay away from the Capitol Building and the Governor’s Mansion for the foreseeable future. Please use these guidelines:
- Sign up for MCAD’s emergency text messages.
- Travel in pairs.
- Have a phone at all times.
- Be alert and aware of surroundings.
- Call MCAD Public Safety at (612) 874-3555 if feeling unsafe.
- Call 911 for an emergency.
- If you have any other concerns or are in need of additional resources, contact Student Affairs or Human Resources.
- If you live near the state capitol or Governor’s mansion and are feeling like your living environment is unsafe due to current events, contact MCAD Housing to set up temporary emergency housing.
We also recommend that you follow the City of Minneapolis and the City of St. Paul for up-to-the-minute news and announcements:
Despite all of the unsettling news over the last twelve months, I have hope. Quoting from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail, “So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”
MCAD gives me great confidence that our creative community will be a part of much-needed cultural solutions in the times ahead. As always, I look forward to our work together.
All my best to you,