Clipped From The New York Age
at of - - - I AlirilCTfl C AWri? miOTTIi AUUUJ1A uHTrluL UUOllill MIIEADflFARTC Fric:ds Siy Sis Lest Est J:b Tbrczi CcTtrce Of Ezdss Oa Project When tbe second annual meeting of the Gtiicnj' Spousorina Group of the Harlem Community Art Center is held on Wednesday evening at the Center, 290 Lenox avenue. ' it will mark the passing of Miss Augusta Savage, celebrated sculptress, from the scene as ioundet, director and supervisor. It has not been ceneratlv known that Miss Savage has not been head of the Center since June, having been succeeded bv Miss Gwendolyn Bennett, formerly assistant supervisor. The news comes as a distinct shock to scores of Haflemites and friends of Miss Savage who - have believed that Miss Savage' is still head of the project f - At her home, SO West 124th street. Miss Savage who is rvnrmed to her room sufiering from a breakdown. told a reporter from The New York Age, when asked to comment on the situation: "I'm sorry, but 1 have no comment" From other sources, it was learned, however, that Miss Savage was ousted as bead of the Art Center through "connivance and treachery of some of her subordinates she had considered her friends." It will be recalled that early this year Miss Savage received a commission to execute a sculpture group for the World's" Fair. At the time she was head of the Art Center and it is known that while she uns glad of the commission because of tbe prestige which it would bring to the Center and to the race, she was hesitant about accepting it for fear that something might go wrong at the Center. reared Loan of Standing Another reason for her reluctance was said to be the fact that she feared that if she were to apply for a leave of absence from the project sbc would kwe her high WPA rating. However, she accepted the commission at tbe World's Fair after Regional Director Audte McMahoo it said to have given her the assurance that such a leave, while not ordin arily granted, would be given in her ENTER lease because of the prestige which would accrue to the Harlem Art Center. With the assurance that her position as diwtoc - supervisor would be held open for her. Miss Savage applied for the leave and went to execute the World's Fair commission. . In the meantime. Miss Gwendolyn Bennett, assistant to Miss Savage, assumed responsibility as acting bead Quiet agitation against Miss Savage was said to have been started by Communists who are said to be in general control of the srtnation at the Center, with the result that , before long Miss Bennett was advanced to the position held by Miss Savage and Charles Keen, who was thru reach ing art in a project at Allen Mem orial Church, Jamaica, was broaght to Harlem and given Miss Bennett's former post as assistant supervisor. AH this was said to have been done so fluietly that when Miss Savage returned in June, having successfully completed her World's Fair task, she was told that there was no job for her tt the Center unless she would take position of field superintendent or work as an assistant to her former issistanL . It is expected that the Griiens Sponsoring . Committee, of which A. Philip Randolph is chairman and of which Miss Savage, is .also a member, will take up the ouster of Miss SaVaze as one of its main features 00 the agenda. Sponsors CaQsd Together In a letter dated December 6th, sent to sponsors, Mr. Randolph in calling the meeting wrote: "At this meeting, tiie first general meeting called since mid - summer, a full report done in the Center during the past rear will be given. Election of officers for the ensuing years will take place and plans will be made for future activucs m the Center. "General meetings of the sponsors' group are not called verv often and this one is of extreme importance." Other officers of the sponsors' group are Rev. Lorenao H. King, first vice - Jiairmaa: Mrs. Eunice Hunt on Car ter, second vice - chairman; Lester Granger, third vice - chairman; Rev. John. H. Johnson, fourth vice - chair - man; Dr. C B. Powell treasurer ; Alex R. Stavenitx. executive secretary: Haold Jackman. corresponding secretary : Roberta Bosley. corresponding secretary: Dorothy Height rer - cedirtg secretary, and Arthur B. Spmgarn, exennire member - at - Large.