Salida Denounces Art Vandalism

The City of Salida has issued a news release denouncing the vandalism of art. 

A piece of public art was vandalized over the weekend in downtown Salida. The painting expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Although controversial, this painting, and its destruction, serve as an important reminder to make equity and free speech a priority and to channel this movement, during highly charged times, to drive real action and long overdue change.  

The City goes on to say, “it is discouraging that this attack on our community occurred when we are trying to make Salida a safe community for all. We must redouble our efforts to dismantle systemic racism and bigotry and stay united as Salidans. Creative arts revitalized this community over the past three decades, and the City is grateful for the contributions of all artists in making us who we are.” 

The Salida City Council calls on all Salidans to protect and nurture artists and all their forms, controversial or not.     

Terry West