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Office of the President

Community of caring remains vital this spring

January 22, 2021

When we began this academic year last August, the question we all faced as we embarked on a semester unlike any other in CIA’s 138-year history was, “Can we do this?”

Unequivocally, I thought we could. And today, as we begin spring semester amid an unabating pandemic, it pleases me to say, “We ARE doing this!”

The efforts of students, faculty and staff throughout fall semester to carry out careful planning and preparation resulted in a successful hybrid learning approach through in-person and online classes. These efforts contributed greatly to welcoming us all back to campus for spring semester. I commend—and thank—each and every one of you.

To continue learning, teaching and creating in a safe-as-humanly-possible environment, your diligence will be needed. As new strains of COVID emerge, mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing—central tenets to CIA’s community of caring—all remain vital. Our COVID Task Force continues its efforts, too, with the recent addition of Tristan Ruark as our student liaison.

An important topic for the task force this spring will be vaccine distribution. The state of Ohio has started its rollout of the vaccine but hasn’t yet included higher education in its plans. Our advocates are working with policymakers to have colleges included soon, and when our turn comes, CIA will be prepared.

Much planning also surrounds the many treasured traditions that come with spring semester. Students are hard at work preparing for and producing this year’s Student Independent Exhibition, which will open February 12 in Reinberger Gallery, while details of Spring Show, BFA presentations and Commencement are all being ironed out by their respective planning committees. We look forward to sharing more as plans are finalized.

Working together and devising creative solutions are central to CIA’s mission as a premier college of art and design. I look forward to the many ways in which we’ll continue doing those things as a community, and I want to again recognize and thank all who have worked hard to get us to this point.

We’re doing it—together.

Grafton Nunes
President + CEO

Cleveland institute of Art president Grafton Nunes


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