Presumably, such quaint traditional arts too insignificant anymore to break out individually.
Update: read the entirety of their press release here.
Full disclosure: I took all three kinds of classes and taught several cartooning workshops there myself over the decades.
|Some latter-day student work from the Carnegie Museum of Art adult studio program, before 2014.|
This demotion of actual art in favor of recording media follows the news of the closing of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, flagship for a chain of design schools that abandoned traditional art in favor of digital animation and other newfangled media at the turn of the millennium. (I once attended and taught there as well.)
Less than a year ago, the Toonseum shuttered its downtown gallery location and entered what was described as a year-long "curtains drawn" hiatus. Whether it will ever draw anything again besides curtains remains to be seen. (I was shown there and participated in a drawing workshop.)
Less than six years ago, Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art discontinued its adult studio art classes, including drawing. (I taught several cartooning, drawing, and sketching workshops there.)
As I remarked on Facebook, Pittsburgh, once a haven of culture, is becoming a drawing desert.
More: Whither Drawing? Part I