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I applied to this company and It was stranger than fiction. I found myself in what seemed to be an excecutive board room. Filled with many other applicants for art teaching jobs. Most of which had never drawn or painted anything in their life. I was given an application at least twenty pages in length. All of which had very little to do with professional job experience. More so, it asked very personal/psychological questions about my life. I was then called into an office for the interview. I was told that any experience in art is not a prerequisite for the job. In fact, that they preferred people with NO art training. Later in the interrview, I discovered that the woman interviewer was one of the teachers who trains the newly hired art instructors. She had never drawn a picture in her life prior to (MR) Mission Renaissance. In addition I was told that instructors and what they call "program directors" must sign a contract. For instructors/assistants, it was in the range of 1-1 1/2 years and directors 5 years. If one were to break this contract, they would have to pay "The Mission" Mission Renaissance for their training. The training, was of a particular method of the company's founder Larry Gluck. Whom, she stated was a world renowned artist. I felt somewhat naive, I have been studying art and art history for over 15 years and I had never heard of this artist or method. The interview had apparently gone well and I was scheduled for a second. I was definitely unsure about making such a long term commitment to a company I knew nothing about. My first impression was not a good one, so I decided to do a little background research. The following are a some of the ambiguities I had uncovered. Larry Gluck is all over the World wide web. He taught Ron L. Hubbards kid, prior to his suicide. Larry was very good friends with Mr. Ron L. Hubbard himself. The Mission Renaissance, is a member of WISE (business and scientology). In fact, the MR president Ted Prescott, is on the front page of the WISE website. If you go to this site LOOK AT HIS EYES!

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Scientology Churches, or satellite recruitment centers are called "Missions". The teaching "methodology" has less to do with the learning of art, and is more relative to scientology's reknowned "Personality Tests" and "auditing". Very 50's "how-to"... The only actual Gluck artwork I could find was predominantly on his own websites. I did find one piece on E-bay, and the collector described him as an Impressionist? It was a pretty generic watercolor of an idealized islander of sorts. I found yet another Gluck piece on exhibition at my local Out of the Closet goodwill store. It would seem the artist truly has a fascination with exotic vacations, and grand scenery dipicted on foreign soil. In terms of craft and how these works were rendered, they appear rigid, uniform, and lack any attention to negative space. A kind of fill in the blanks methodology that lacks depth and richness. This was quite the disappointment.

I also came across an article about a former employee of which confirmed all that I had already discovered.

http://www.hollywoodinterrupted.com/archives/ scientology_and_the_art_of_deception.phtml

http://www.anti-scientologie.ch/testimony-pender.htm

This company specializes in teaching children. If your an artist looking for work, or a parent, I hope you will take the time to research MR before deciding to apply or place your child in this environment.

It would seem that "The Mission" is Scientology. A revival of what they call "tradition", is sadly, an incomplete recollection of history, specifically "the renaissance". Instructors and Program Directors, need not have a degree or background of any kind in the arts. This may be a plus, for those whom would like to teach art, but have never actually made it. The Mission: would prefer, people who are young and impressionable. Both their employees and their students will be subjected to Scientology. As well as their misguided perception of art, which is completely contrary to historical references: of various movements in art, artists, and the most basic foundations in art history, but most importantly, it's own dogma.