A student has asked that her painting that was displayed in a city building be taken down after it became the target of controversy from police and the community.
That’s according to a news release sent out Tuesday evening by Denver Public Schools and the City and County of Denver.
"I'm greatly concerned about how this painting portrays the police. I look forward to having a conversation with the student and her parents,“ said Denver Chief of Police Robert White in a news release.
The painting was created for a project at the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy that was aimed at having students research a work of art and re-contextualize it for modern times. The district says the student chose Goya’s “The Third of May 1808” and later saw a similar statement in Michael D’Antuono’s “A Tale of Two Hoodies.”
The student and her mother were set to meet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Police Chief Robert White and DPS Acting Superintendent Susana Cordova at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy on Wednesday. That meeting was canceled due to a blizzard.
“We absolutely value the voices of our young artists, which is why we display their work every year. We also greatly respect the impact this art has had on our officers who serve and protect Denver and others in the community,” Hancock said in a news release. “But there is an opportunity here, too, to listen and learn from each other and to encourage our students to engage in difficult conversations. That is exactly the intention of DPS and the city as we continue to address the community's concerns.”