Express strong support for Bay View Art Stop
April 30, 2012
My husband and I want to express our strong support of the Art Stop Project.
We attended the April 12 Art Stop meeting at Bay View High School and were extremely disappointed that the artists’ presentations were continually disrupted by a small, vocal group of participants, who were only there to speak out in opposition to the committee and the selection process. Their interruptions were rude and uncalled for.
They made it clear they believed the project was not transparent or inclusive, and we strongly disagree. These people chose to make this a political matter, and this was not the proper venue to pontificate about recent election politics.
This type of project should bring us all together, not divide us.
My husband and I have lived in the Bay View neighborhood for nearly five years. We are Bay View Historical Society members and are actively involved in the community. We think the people on the committee are perfect for the project.
We know Kerry Yandell personally, and we are confident she understands the importance of historic preservation and community development. She and her family are invested in this area and are a big part of why we decided purchase a home in Bay View. We think the neighborhood is lucky to have talented people like her who step up and organize an artistic venture such as this.
We really hope that the poor attitudes regarding new developments in Bay View don’t continue to reflect poorly on this neighborhood or get in the way of meaningful discussions.
Bob & Erin Lenz
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