Correction: A previous version of this article misquoted John DeKemper as saying "prospective students in the middle of March" rather than "prospective students and the world at large." The article has been updated to reflect the change, and The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
On Monday afternoon, dozens of Tar Heels marched from the Hanes Art Center to the steps of the South Building amid chants of, “Arts buildings in disrepair, does UNC even care?” In what they called the Carol Folt Revolt, protesters aimed to draw attention to the lack of funding for the UNC Department of Art.
“A lot of people in the art department were seeing the University and the chancellor’s office put out ‘initiatives’ that appeared to promote ‘art’ on campus, but in reality the University has been neglecting the art department,” said Annie Simpson, studio art major and Carol Folt Revolt organizer.
Organizers publicized 16 demands including more faculty, more classes to satisfy major and minor requirements, employment benefits for part-time staff and fixing the roof of the Hanes Art Center. Books and other materials in the Sloane Art Library have been damaged because of the leaking roof and are currently covered in plastic to protect them from further water damage.
“As an Art History Ph.D. student, I am deeply tied to our department and its reputation," said Miranda Elston. "It has been extremely difficult to watch our department lose faculty and funding, for our buildings to be falling down around us and to constantly have to defend our discipline itself when we contribute so much to this vibrant campus."