Cultural institutions and artists urgently need to develop creative ways to respond to such critique and controversy and productively engage diverse communities while taking seriously their responsibility for the artworks that are in their care.
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently sparked controversy by kneeling during the pregame playing of the national anthem in order to protest police shootings of African-Americans. His protest sparked somewhat of a movement among students.
NCAC has been joined by a number of large national arts organizations in drafting a set of recommendations for managing controversy at museums and other arts institutions. Read the best practices and background issues online.
The word “censor” originated in ancient Rome, where the government appointed officials to take the census and to supervise public morals.