Students protest planned tuition increase at Juilliard

Posted on: June 15, 2021

“The Juilliard School, one of the world’s leading performing arts conservatories, is better known for recitals than picket lines,” writes Colin Moynihan in Friday’s (6/11) New York Times. “But students protesting a planned tuition increase occupied parts of its Lincoln Center campus this week and, when they were later barred from entering a school building, led music- and dance-filled protests on West 65th Street. The protests began Monday when a group of students, objecting to plans to raise tuition to $51,230 a year from $49,260, occupied parts of the school’s Irene Diamond building and posted photos on social media of … the words ‘TUITION FREEZE.’ On Wednesday, students said, they received an email from the administration saying that ‘school space’ could not be used for nonschool events without permission…. On Thursday, about 20 students continued their tuition protest on the sidewalk outside … Rosalie Contreras, a spokeswoman for Juilliard, [stated] … ‘Juilliard respects the right of all community members including students to freely express opinions with demonstrations that are conducted in a reasonable time, place and manner,’ Ms. Contreras added. ‘Regrettably the demonstration on Wednesday escalated to the point where public safety was called by an employee.’ ”