Message from Kym Rice on Recent Events

GW gateway
January 14, 2021

The startling events that have transpired in the past week–including the riots at the Capitol and the resulting threats to our democracy–have been difficult to grasp. The coming days are a time to begin to heal from this dark time in our history and to speak out.


A message from Kym Rice, Interim Director:


"The assault on the Capitol should be condemned to the fullest: there is no place for violence during what should be a peaceful transition of power. Despite these terrible events, our democracy remains strong, and I have no doubt we will get through this. As last Wednesday also underscored, systematic racism remains at the heart of what defines the American experience. And we must all work as one to change that.


In this difficult and pivotal moment in our history, our students have immersed themselves in the critical dialogue through their words and their respective work. You have demonstrated the brave creativity, leadership, and civic activism that defines the Corcoran experience. I am hopeful that together we can begin to build a better future."


Studio Access: Due to road closures and safety measures being put into place in the lead up to the Inauguration, Corcoran and Flagg building access has been temporarily removed starting Thursday, January 14, for the students who have been approved for spring access. The buildings, including personal studios, main studios and maker spaces, will reopen on Monday, January 25. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time as we prioritize the safety of our community. Students, we are asking faculty to be understanding regarding assignment deadlines during this time when studio space is not accessible. As a reminder, when the building reopens, all approved students must follow GW's COVID-19 safety protocols and be approved in order to be granted access to the buildings. More updates here.