Sunday, September 01, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY ARTIST BACKLASH AGAINST KEMPER PRIVATE PRISON CONNECTION INTENSIFIES!!!
Joe Faus is not only an advocate for the local Latino arts community but also one of the indisputable leaders of the Kansas City creative scene in both the Westside and The Crossroads. His countless years of volunteer work, community involvement and local connections have earned respect throughout the metro.
In a recent social media post, in a very reasonable and statesman-like passage, he gently asks a local institution to reconsider their affiliations amid an immigration controvers .
Here's the premise . . .
"I have for years been associated with the Kemper Museum. It is an institution I have come to respect and from which I have drawn a lot of inspiration. I have been involved in an innovative art-mentoring program through the No Boundaries initiative and facilitated family art activity days that have brought Latino families under the welcoming canopy of the museum lobby. I am also aware that some of those families fall under the undocumented umbrella.
"I am grieved and conflicted to find out . . . Some trustees of the Museum and the connections to a private prison in Rhode Island.
"In good conscience, as a person who has felt and experienced the uptick of anti-immigrant sentiment in the last two years, any compromise of solidarity only diminishes us. I ask the board of trustees to address this issue. I ask UMB to reconsider, as other institutions such as Bank of America, have done and cut ties with these organizations."
Read his public post in its entirety.
Developing . . .