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Minnesota grandees boycott orchestra chair

A letter in the Star-Tribune declares and initiative to evict the locked-out orchestra’s chairman from the┬áMinneapolis Institute of Arts. Here’s the nub of it:

On July 18, Minneapolis Institute of Arts members will vote on a slate of 10 nominees for vacant three-year positions on the board. One of the nominees is Richard Davis, the CEO of U.S. Bancorp and a major architect of the current disastrous Minnesota Orchestra lockout.

Unfortunately, MIA members must vote on the entire slate rather than for or against individual nominees. We therefore urge all MIA members concerned about the future of the arts in the Twin Cities to contact the MIA and request that Mr. Davis withdraw his name from the ballot.

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  1. R. James Tobin says:

    If he does not withdraw, the next step should be to force it by rejecting the whole slate.

  2. Steve Foster says:

    1) Saying Davis was “a major architect of the current disastrous MO lockout” is bordering on slander. Good journalists don’t take sides, anyway.
    2) If MIA members can’t vote on individuals alone than these members who wrote this need to be reprimanded. They’re actually calling for something they aren’t allowed to do. (wtf?!)
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts isn’t exactly squeaky-clean themselves. They need to put down the stones and realise that those with deep pockets will always be heard, including Mr. Davis.

    • It’s a letter – opinion, as it’s known. As for good journalists not taking sides, they are all prey to the “false equivalency” which abounds in coverage of this very sad situation. Davis does happen to be immediate past MOA Board Chair and a member of the Executive Committee. So either he has been a “major architect” or he is guilty of not performing his Board duties.

      • Amy Adams says:

        Sarah, thanks for sharing Song of the Lark’s excellent piece on Richard Davis…it’s quite eye-opening. How does the CEO of US Bank find the time and mental energy to serve on FOURTEEN philanthropic boards? How much thought does he put into each one of them? With such a hardline, destructive tactic as locking out musicians for an entire year – effectively nuking not only the season but setting back the artistic achievement by years – how can he be viewed as an ideal board member? What are his personal limitations? Is the prestige of his name and the US Bank brand worth it…to risk putting the life of an organization in his hands?

  3. “Grandees”?? Please. Seriously??

  4. Here’s more interesting connect-the-dots:

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