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Bette squared her shoulders and took a deep breath to center herself before opening the door and entering the gallery. Immediately, photographers and reporters turned and rushed to her; taking her picture and asking her questions.
”Ms. Porter! Ms. Porter! How does it feel to return to the CAC?”
”Ms. Porter, why is it so important to give voice to these BIPOC artists?”
”Ms. Porter! Do you have any comment on the drama surrounding the Nunez family and your former campaign manager, Dani Nunez?”
”Ms. Porter! Ms. Porter!”
”Damn! Give me a minute to get in the door.” Bette said chuckling as the reporters laughed along. ”It feels good and rather apropos to be back at the CAC with this particular exhibition. During my tenure with the CAC 17yrs ago, it was my mission to bring attention and light to marginalized people and controversial topics, and so when I saw the opportunity to give voice to so many long-silenced people and views it made most sense to show their work here. I sought out BIPOC artists for this exhibition, but everything really took flight when I found Pippa Pascal. Pippa’s art has long been an inspiration for me and seeing her art and her passion when I was in undergrad was actually what convinced me to switch from English to Art History as a major. So, I owe the discovery of my life’s passion and the courage to pursue it to her, and this exhibition is just a small way to repay that gratitude. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to have a look around and thank the artists for all their work and perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity.”
”Wait! Ms. Porter! Do you want to comment on the current litigation involving the Nunez family?”
Bette looked thoughtful for a moment before responding, ”At some point in each of our lives we must answer for the choices we’ve made and the destruction we’ve caused. Most of us are fortunate enough to not have to answer for these things in the public eye, but for the Nunez family their choices have caused public destruction and the day has come for them to answer to the public. I hope for humility, sincerity, and accountability for them at this time. Thank you.”