Freedom of Expression in the Arts

GENERAL

Research Abstract
Freedom of Expression in the Arts

This report, Prepared with the Freedom of Expression Task Force of Arts Midwest, is a result of a project by the Arts Midwest's Board of Directors in 1990 to assess and to understand the current state of free expression in the Midwest's arts community. The report is divided into three section. Section one deals with The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a document that is always in the process of being reinterpreted and understood in new and different ways. The second section of the report focuses on how censorship works. The third section is a class to action and a list of recommendations for addressing the continuing threats to freedom of expression in the arts.

CONTENTS
1. Introduction by Jeanne Lasko.
2. The project's challenge.

3. Freedom of expression:
         Art and the first amendment.
         The First Amendment and audiences.
         Exceptions to the First Amendment established by the courts, Obscenity.
         Defamation and injurious speech.
         Freedom of expression and public dollars.

4. Censorship and suppression of artistic freedom:
         The kinds of artistic expression that get censored or suppressed.
         The ways that artistic expression is restricted.
         Self-censorship.
         Never having the chance to speak in the first place.
         Gatekeepers.
         Majority norms and artistic standards.

5. Taking action:
         Exercise your rights.
         Take action in a crisis.
         Support people whose freedom of expression is challenged.
         Take action as artists. 
         Take action as board and staff members of arts institutions.
         Take action as arts funders and public agency staff members.
         Take action as critics.
         Strengthen alliances within the arts community.
         Build coalitions beyond the arts community.
         Foster respect among divergent cultures and communities.
         Improve freedom of expression in education.
         Increase understanding of freedom of expression in the arts.
         Act with courage and vigilance.

6. Position statements from task force members.
7. People who gave testimony.
8. Selected bibliography.
9. Resources [contact list].

This report, Prepared with the Freedom of Expression Task Force of Arts Midwest, is a result of a project by the Arts Midwest's Board of Directors in 1990 to assess and to understand the current state of free expression in the Midwest's arts community.
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Report
Focke, Anne
44 p.
December, 1990
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Arts Midwest
2908 Hennepin Ave., Suite 200
Minneapolis
MN, 55408-1954
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