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California Center for the Arts Trustees Defend Street Artwork Critical of Police

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The artwork has caused controversy in Escondido and extensive news coverage. Picture from the NBC show 7

Its managers California Arts Center in Escondido on Wednesday defended a street art exhibition in Southern California that included a work critical of the police.

An installation in the exhibition by a street artist Richard Wyrgatsch II, known as OG Slickincluded sculptures of pigs dancing in front of an image of riot police.

The project drew immediate criticism from the mayor and Escondido police chief and sparked a special meeting of the arts center’s board.

“The board voted to continue supporting the CCAE Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters report of the facility without removing it, covering it or otherwise processing it, “said Sara Matta, Chairman of the Board.

“Since last Friday’s inauguration, the report has received an overwhelmingly positive response, although one facility has sparked passionate dialogue,” he said.

Mata said the board would convene a series of discussions involving the exhibition’s curators, artists, city leaders, community groups and others to address the dispute.

“As an organization that serves the community, CCAE has the opportunity to embrace and reflect different views of the community and bring people together to discover, create and celebrate the visual and performing arts,” he said.

The exhibition, which will run until August 28, includes graffiti, street art, skateboard, surfing, tattoos, hip hop, breaking, punk, lowriders and custom culture.

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