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Art and politics mix at Yakima Council Meeting

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YAKIMA, Wash-  Art got political Tuesday night in Yakima as the city council discussed whether to accept a sculpture of a Mexican war hero and display it downtown.

The council voted six to one to accept the two-foot tall bust from Yakima's sister city of Morelia. The Yakima Arts Commission, along with the Yakima-Morelia Sister City Association brought the request to the council.

"We live in a diverse community and so when we really have an opportunity to come together and have conversation, especially around art, art is an incredible conversation starter, this will really help bridge gaps", says Yakima-Morelia Sister Association Member Jessica Moskwa.

However some community members felt differently.

"Where are the statues of George Washington and our heroes? I don't see them around", commented Yakima Resident Bob West.  "I think it adds to the divisiveness that already exists in this country and in this area", he added.

The council also voted to display the statue where supporters wanted it.  The two-foot, bronze bust will be constructed in downtown Yakima in the median on North 3rd street.