We were surprised to see the Post-Gazette so quickly dismiss the idea of the acquisition of a portion of the August Wilson Center by the Pittsburgh Public Schools in its Dec. 20 editorial (“Preposterous: The New City School Board Is Off to a Bad Start”). Without any analysis at all, one can see some intriguing possibilities that, at the very least, are worthy of further investigation.
Evidently, the Pittsburgh school board wonders if converting part of the August Wilson Center might enhance program offerings at the prestigious school for Creative and Performing Arts and provide the space needed to offer enrollment in CAPA to (tuition-paying) students from suburban school districts. We could also envision interest from parents and students in a wider regional area. Attracting more young people to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and showcasing an innovative and highly regarded arts education program are worthy goals.
True, both the school district and the August Wilson Center are financially challenged. But the entire city wants both of them to succeed. Setting up a task force to explore ways to make this happen, potentially with other partners, is hardly “preposterous” as stated by the Post-Gazette in its editorial. The investigation by the school board’s ad hoc committee may find the idea to be unfeasible, but to dismiss it out of hand, before more information is collected, seems counterproductive and premature.
LORNA and KEVIN KEARNS