The Cleveland, New York, Chicago and even struggling Detroit art institutes all have thriving adult studio arts programs. But here in Pittsburgh the Carnegie has opted to cancel ours ("Carnegie Museum of Art Discontinues Adult Education Classes," July 21). How can we rank ourselves with other major museums if we cut off vital links between local artist-educators and the public?
The Carnegie's intention is to substitute an occasional workshop linked to temporary shows, certainly no substitute to year-round access to hands-on artistic experiences. The Carnegie has not recently promoted its studio classes, leaving information to a mention in its newsletter. Better promotion would undoubtedly produce greater community participation.
A reason for the elimination of the program is the need for more office space. Practical? Yes. But what a disservice to the general public.
JOAN MORSE GORDON