[**The latest rumors... suggest CCA will be saved, at least for the time being, though a fat annual, anonymous pledge and a decently sized one-time gift. Oh, the drama. Sources in the know acknowledge the generosity of the current pledges, but suggest that CCA's impressive debt can't be touched without significantly more generosity. Thus the question: Postponing the inevitable? If so, why? Lots of other organizations that aren't on the verge of folding could use the boon...]
Rumors confirmed: A press release issued late on Wednesday, Dec. 30 confirmed that CCA will continue operations "after a brief hiatus." John S. Gordon, formerly a board member, will take over from Lea Rekow as executive director in an interim, pro bono capacity.
The news that Santa Fe's Center for Contemporary Art will be permanently closing its doors as a special New Year's gift really pisses me off.
I guess I could be sad--like, that sucks--but I feel genuinely betrayed. First, I have a dog in the hunt, having served as executive director to the organization in the 1990s. Second, CCA has been radio silent as far as I'm concerned in terms of real community voice in the last couple of years.
Didn't we just rally as a community and save KSFR's ass? I realize it would be tiresome in the extreme to bail out CCA (again), but shouldn't we have had the option?
I'm sure some at CCA believe the organization is having an honorable, profound and somewhat inevitable death, but it's all bullshit to me.
At the end of the day, if CCA hadn't decided to alienate itself from the community, ie, its roots, the community wouldn't have allowed it to die.