Freedom of Expression and the Arts Agency

June 27, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Session Type: Fishbowl

Arts agencies at a local and state level contend with the challenges of freedom of speech and expression all the time. As government or government-adjacent groups who also directly interface with both artists and the community as a whole, they can find themselves in a tough dance. In this discussion session, learn more about some of the history around free speech in the United States, explore specific examples of how cultural organizations and agencies have navigated difficult situations, and share with colleagues about challenges and success stories.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the complex history around creative expression in the U.S., and its local ramifications.
  • Explore specific examples of contentious projects at the cusp between speech and censorship, and how they have been navigated.
  • Share stories and solutions with colleagues, and gather resources for success.