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ERIC Number: ED394859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Freedom of Expression in the Arts.
Focke, Anne
This report describes the process used by the Arts Midwest task force on freedom of artistic expression along with their findings and recommendations as they examined issues surrounding freedom of expression at the beginning of the decade. At a time when the National Endowment for the Arts was struggling through rigorous congressional reauthorization, partly in response to Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center's exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs, this task force employed a sense of philosophical inquiry, rather than scientific analysis, during its probing. They grew to understand that the critical need facing them was not to provide a better definition of obscenity, but rather to have a better and more expanded discussion and understanding of the conflict that occurs between the rights of the majority and the rights of the minority. A comprehensive list of recommended actions for individuals and groups, striving to reach their goal is outlined. The "Resources" section offers a directory of 47 national and midwest arts advocacy organizations. (DQE)
Arts Midwest, 528 Hennepin Ave., Ste. 310, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Freedom Forum, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Arts Midwest, Minneapolis, MN.