UNR stairwell tagged with swastikas; will be painted over

An example of a swastika painted on the Church Fine Arts “graffiti stairwell” at the University of Nevada, Reno. Photo by Rebecca Kitchen/KOLO.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A stairwell at Church Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno had swastikas and threatening language put over graffiti allowed there. UNR noted the stairwell was meant to be a place to celebrate artistic expression.

In response, Debra Moddelmog, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has invited graffiti artists, students and faculty to come together Sunday at 2 p.m. and repaint the stairwell and restore it as a place for creativity and not hate.

“University Galleries firmly rejects the anti-Semitic and inhumane values such symbols express,” University Galleries said in a statement. “Join us to add images, color, and spirit to our walls that reflect the voice of a community bound together by humane values.”

Meanwhile, University of Nevada Police Services ask anyone with information about the swastikas or threatening language to call them at 775-334-2677.