10 August 2009
The Arizona Republic

Scottsdale refused to renew the contract of longtime Via Linda Senior Center artist Ernie Shapiro despite a groundswell of student support.

Shapiro, who helped start the senior-center art program in 1996, taught his last class Thursday and left without a thank you from city management, but it is his students who will suffer most from the decision, he said.

Paul Ludwick, Scottsdale's human services director, discontinued the city's 13-year relationship with Shapiro with little discussion of his reasoning.

"There was no cause for why it was not renewed," Ludwick said. "I don't have any reason at all to say he was not a good artist, or not a good person. It's not a matter for debate or discussion."

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