Deborah Sandroff 
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Re: “Most Incestuous Theater Ensemble

Prior to this posting, I thought it wise to review your paper's "comments policy." I discovered that at the top of the list is a policy which prohibits any "potentially libelous" statements. This is precisely what concerns me and the leadership team at Studio Connections about the way this award was titled.
While we very much appreciate being recognized for the important educational, leadership and artistic work being done at the Studio, the title given to our category is troubling for a number of reasons. First, Studio Connections teaches children's classes in both visual arts and theatre. Sometimes these students perform alongside adults in our daVinci Players productions. The suggestion of impropriety implied by the title of this category, even if intended by your publication as humorous, has the potential to raise eyebrows and questions among the parents of our students, both current and prospective. At the very least, it serves as an unnecessary distraction from the outstanding arts education that we provide. This could lead to class enrollment being undermined, children losing out, and lost tuition. Second, we have recently submitted an application to the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It would be terribly unfortunate if our application were jeopardized in the review process, should someone research our organization to determine the accuracy of the information we provided, and come upon this award. Finally, one of the things that distinguishes Studio Connections is the sense of home, belonging, safety and support that people experience. We could have members of our community who were real victims of incest. How sad for them that, in the very place where they find acceptance and a forum for self-expression, your casual use of the word "incestuous" haunts them again.
We appreciate your support of the Tucson arts community, and we hope that you will do the right thing by renaming this category. Thank you for your consideration,
Deborah Sandroff
President, Studio Connections Board of Directors

Posted by Deborah Sandroff on 09/24/2010 at 3:26 PM

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