Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Natalia Mount

Dear All,

As a new comer to Syracuse I, myself, have experienced in the past an 'interesting', to say the least, attitude towards young, progressive and 'foreign to this community' leaders. I have heard many times people say that what Syracuse needs is young and progressive people in order to change the cultural landscape of this city. Although I have heard many people say that, I have met only a few that genuinely encourage, nurture, mentor and promote young leaders in Syracuse.

Age and sex should not be discriminated against, not because it is punishable by law but because it is immoral and unethical.We can all agree on the fact that Syracuse is in dire need for young and competent leaders who are involved in community based initiatives and efforts. What we should concentrate on, is developing these young leaders,
mentoring them and at the same time giving them the opportunity to succeed here in Syracuse. If success is not an option, we will observe what has been happening for a long time - young people will come, stay for one or two years and leave, disappointed and ineffective. We need to change that!

Natalia Mount

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Syracuse has lost one its greatest assets. Astria Suparak, Inaugural Director of The Warehouse Gallery of Syracuse University, was removed from her position as of Sept. 30th, 2007, despite widespread support from community members, students, faculty, and the international art community. This decision was made unilaterally by Jeffrey Hoone, Executive Director of the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC).

At the time of Suparak's dismissal, Hoone also canceled her forthcoming exhibitions, including "Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men," due to open in November 2007.