The art museum in Lagunas beach community of Laguna Art has recently come under fire for what some people are calling a “racist” mural on the facade.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the mural features the face of the man, who died in the Philippines in the early 1900s, with a black-and-white image of a black man, with the caption “The Philippines.”
The mural, which was placed on the west side of the Laguna art center, was placed by local artist Michael M. Williams, who also painted the mural at the Los Angeles Art Museum in Los Angeles in 2010.
Williams told the San Jose Mercury News, “It’s not a mural I did for this particular project.
I had a vision, and I just wanted to paint a mural.”
The Mercury News reported that the mural was put on by the Lagunan Art Center, a community group that was formed in response to the Asian-American presence in the community.
In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Lagunans mayor, Mike O’Malley, said the mural violated local ordinances, including the prohibition on discrimination.
The mural was vandalized by someone who posted it on Facebook and asked for help.
“The idea is to create an example of how we treat people of color, but we also want to highlight the people of Lagunasia, who are often overlooked,” O’Lally said.
“So that’s why we’re here.”
Laguna Art Center officials said they would work with Laguna officials to remove the mural.
The city is taking action, according to the Los Gatos Independent.
“We’ve got a number of people in the art center that are on board,” the city’s attorney, Richard Schoenberg, said in a statement.
“They’re not going to stand by and do nothing.
We’re going to have a community conversation about it.”
According to The American Council on Art and Culture, the Lagunitas Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which does not have to disclose its donors.
It received a $6.8 million donation in 2011 from a local developer, who gave $10,000 to the museum in 2012.
The museum has no stated goal for the mural, and the organization’s website does not specify how it would fund it.
The artist who painted the original mural is credited with inspiring others to paint murals in the 1960s.
“The mural is a tribute to the memory of the Filipino American art icon,” according to a statement from Laguna Community Art Center.
“It is meant to be a symbol for the struggle for justice and equality for Filipino Americans.”
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