ArtShack co-founder apologizes for ‘racially offensive’ Halloween display in Clinton Hill
The artist behind a Halloween display is apologizing after complaints it was racially offensive.
Dany Rose, the co-founder of the nonprofit ceramic studio ArtShack in Bedford-Stuyvesant, apologized Wednesday for a Halloween display at his Clinton Hill home depicting brown children hanging from nooses.
In an apology letter posted on the ArtShack website, Rose, who is white, says the images used in the display were “based on the horror movie ‘Annabelle.’”
“…But because they were made of brown kraft paper and hanging from nooses, they were deeply racially offensive,” the letter states.
Among those who pass by the home at 384 Waverly Ave. are elementary school children from P.S. 11, which is across the street. A spokesperson for the city Department of Education says school counselors will be available for any student or staff member who may need them.
Rose states that she is “exploring ways in which I can make amends that will be both meaningful and acceptable to the community.”