University of the arts closes


Temple and Drexel have offered a seamless transition, while students lament the loss of invested time and money.

It would have taken $40M to save University of the Arts, a trustee says, as students protest the unprecedented closure

It would have taken roughly $40 million to stave off the catastrophic financial crisis that ultimately forced University of the Arts officials to announce the school will close June 7, one trustee said Monday.

The news came as hundreds of students, faculty, parents, and supporters protested the stunning closure outside the university’s administrative building on South Broad Street in a lively memorial and performance.

“Our administration has failed us,” said Sarah MacLeod, a rising junior from Northwest Philly and a fine arts major who helped organize the demonstration.

Around her, students chalked the sidewalk, performed choreographed dances, blew bubbles, and painted signs. Passing cars beeped in support.