Date of Action: March 24, 2016
Region: North America
Location: Denver, Colorado
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Confronting Bodies: Denver Public Schools
Description of Artwork: The painting depicts a city cop as a Ku Klux Klan-style child killer.
The Incident: Denver Public Schools hung the painting by a Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy 10th grade artist in a student art show at the city’s Webb Building. The police union objected.
Results of Incident: In a move prodded by city officials, the painting was taken down: Mayor Hancock, Police Chief Robert White and acting Superintendent Susana Cordova planned a meeting with the young student and her family. The meeting was cancelled because of the blizzard. The district claims the student artist opted to take it down because of the discomfort it had caused.
Op-Ed in Denver Post: Does “Hate Art” Have a Place?, By Svetlana Mintcheva, March 25, 2016
NCAC Blog: Does “Hate Art” Have a Place?, By Svetlana Mintcheva, March 25, 2016
KKK Artwork in Denver’s Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building Comes Under Fire, March 22, 2016
KKK Cop Painting Stirs Sh*tstorm, Student Artist Asks That It Be Taken Down. BY MICHAEL ROBERTS, MARCH 23, 2016
Denver student's artwork removed from show for KKK cop portrayal, By Noelle Phillips, 03/23/2016
Denver KKK cop painting: What’s wrong with this picture? City officials’ damage control does more damage, By Kyle Harris, March 24, 2016
Colorado Officers Outraged Over KKK Cop Painting Displayed in City Building, March 24, 2016
Denver Mayor Calls Uproar Over Student's KKK Painting A 'Teachable Moment', by Corey H. JonesBY COREY H. JONES, MAR 25, 2016
City leaders meet with student artist over KKK police painting, BY ROB LOW, MARCH 25, 2016