Donkey artists at odds with Democrats, Rendell over payment

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2016 10:45 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, Barbara Sosson an artist coordinated by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program paints a donkey sculpture that will be placed throughout the city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia. The program features more than 50 fiberglass donkeys.

(Philadelphia) -- Former Gov. Ed Rendell and the artists who created 57 painted donkeys installed before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia are at odds over donkey dollars.

Caryn Kunkle, an advocate for the artists, is upset because only four of the donkeys will be auctioned off to pay the artists. Kunkle contends the agreement with the convention's host committee,
which Rendell headed, called for all of the donkeys to be auctioned off to help pay the artists, who already received $1,000 per sculpture.

Rendell says ``Caryn Kunkle is off the deep end.''

The donkeys represented the 50 states, five territories, Washington, D.C. and Democrats overseas.

Rendell says all but four donkeys have been claimed by those delegations, and a contract with the artists says each donkey ``will be made available'' to its delegation after July 31.

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