Wearable Art Show Piece Sparks Controversy

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - A piece that was to be used on the runway did not set well with some members of the community.

    The 2018 Wearable Arts Show at Centennial Hall on Saturday celebrated the works of artists that all came under the theme of Molten. We talked to Nancy DeCherney of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council about the contest that was held.

    Third Place, Beth Bolander’s “Doragon”, brought up some controversy in the community with calls of cultural appropriation and racism. DeCherney detailed the action taken by the committee.

    "It was brought to our attention that people were unhappy with that piece and we made the choice Sunday morning that it would probably be best if the piece did not go on the runway, but that it was in the lobby for people to look at."

    DeCherney hopes that this will spark a community conversation that will lead to a more positive conclusion.

    "I think the good thing that's come out of this is this is a topic that's pretty sensitive for a lot of people. There are many, many things that we need to think about it and I hope that what we get out of it is at the community will come together and work together to come to some understanding."

    "I think that's the most important part of it and that is what the Arts Council, with the help of some very fine community leaders who have stepped forward, are going to do is organize some regular community conversations on these topics so that we all can learn more and be more understanding of each other."

    There will be a runway showing of these artworks this weekend at Centennial Hall in Juneau. More information can be found on their website.


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