Statement from PA state Rep. Ben Waxman on the closure of the University of the Arts

PHILADELPHIA, May 31 – State Rep. Ben Waxman, D-Phila., issued the following statement today on the sudden announcement of the upcoming closure of the University of the Arts:

“I am profoundly disappointed and frustrated by the University of the Arts loss of accreditation and upcoming closure. This esteemed arts school has been a cornerstone of creativity and culture in Center City Philadelphia for generations. Its loss is a significant setback and not only a devastating blow to our local community, but also a significant setback for the arts and education in our city at large.

“I share the anger and sorrow of students, faculty, alumni and the wider community who are grappling with this loss. It is unacceptable that such a cornerstone of our cultural and educational landscape has shut its doors in such an abrupt and shocking manner.

“I am committed to doing everything in my power to find answers as to decisions that led to this sudden closure. Additionally, my office will work tirelessly to provide resources, assistance and advocacy. We will ensure displaced students can continue their education and explore every avenue to ensure that faculty and staff receive the support they deserve during this difficult transition.

“My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this devastating and shocking news. Together, we must find ways to sustain and celebrate the creative spirit that this institution fostered for so many years.”