Members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission stood behind their Cultural Equity Statement at this month’s public meeting by displaying “MAGA” artwork of President Donald Trump by controversial Southern California artist SABO.
Chairman Jason Silva, appointed to the Commission in 2015, said he thinks “Make America Great Again” will convert the United States into a modern fascist dictatorship, but acknowledges that many Sacramentans find a sick sense of nourishment and self-esteem in the president’s message.
“As a leader in communication and environmental design, I envisions a world that can engage in discussion leading toward a reality that is greater than perception,” said Silva.
“My perception is that … I can’t say his name … that man will eventually put every American into concentration camps,” he said, choking back a sob. “But our Cultural Equity Statement says ‘all people have the right to celebrate and engage in meaningful and relevant arts and cultural experiences.’ What else could I do?”
Commission member Doni Blumenstock remembers the meeting well.
“Trump’s shocking visage of hate swept the April 9 meeting like a flamethrower,” she said. “Republicans never come to these meetings, so they don’t know how deeply we were scarred. We’re also extremely proud for holding ourselves accountable to our values, but I think I speak for everyone on the Commission when I say we will never show or fund right-wing artwork ever again. It was just too painful.”
You can read the Cultural Equity Statement at the Commission’s website.