Thank you, Jedediah Wheeler. You have given us so much art and culture since you started the Peak Performances program at Montclair State University some 15 years ago. I am delighted to be able to enjoy dance and music from cultures all over the world, right here in my hometown! I have laughed and cried and learned anew, and I eagerly await the time when I can purchase another season pass.

I am so sorry that your life’s work has been publicly attacked, and am compelled to shine a light on all the good work you have done, for artists and the public.

(Editor’s note: An artist planning a residency with Peak Performances recently accused Wheeler of “violent” outbursts and abusive behavior in response to requests for outreach to Native American and Indigenous populations. The school has denied her allegations.)

Karen DeChino


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