MISSOULA – On Monday, Stephen Kalm, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana, clarified misinformation sent by the director of the School of Music over the weekend concerning steep cuts and possible program eliminations within the college. The inaccurate message was sent broadly to the arts community, donors, alumni, and current and prospective students in Missoula and beyond, expressing concern about the future of the arts at UM.
“I am pleased to report that my fears for the future of art, music, and theatre and dance at UM were unfounded,” Kalm wrote in the latest email on Monday, Sept. 24.
In his clarification, Kalm explained, “In our initial meeting, the provost’s comments on budget targets were stated in general terms. I learned in my meeting with Provost Jon Harbor on Monday that the budget targets are more closely aligned with the plan that I presented last spring. While we still have challenges ahead, it is far more palatable than I originally anticipated. The plan allows us to maintain accreditation and the continuation of UMArts.”
Harbor said the initial emails from both Kalm and Ramey were factually inaccurate.
“Deans from every school and college across campus are engaged in funding discussions,” he said. “We are early in this process, and no firm funding decisions have been finalized or announced. We will continue to work together to assess the available data, strategic goals