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San Francisco School District Must Protect, Not Destroy Murals in Response to Heightened Political Tensions

By |2019-06-17T16:26:39-04:00June 17th, 2019|News|

On June 25th, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is scheduled to vote on the fate of thirteen 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals at George Washington High School. The murals, created in fresco by Russian-American social realist painter Victor Arnautoff, can only be removed by the irreversible act of destroying them. The heightened political tensions of the moment [...]

Art Professor Dewey Crumpler Defends Victor Arnautoff’s WPA Murals

By |2019-06-17T13:29:59-04:00June 17th, 2019|News|

 San Francisco Art Institute Professor Dewey Crumpler defends WPA murals created by Russian-American social realist painter Victor Arnautoff in this video produced by the GWHS Alumni Association. Crumpler discusses how they relate to his own murals commissioned in 1974 in response to them. On June 25th, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) will vote on whether to remove [...]

Considerations and Guidelines for School Officials

By |2019-04-30T11:38:57-04:00April 30th, 2019|Blog|

School officials have broad discretion to establish curricula and decide what materials to include in their classrooms and libraries. However, parents, special interest groups and others sometimes attempt to impose their personal beliefs on the public school system and demand the removal of educational materials. Listed below are some general considerations school administrators should take into account when such challenges [...]

NCAC Urges Queens Library to Restore Canceled Photography Exhibition

By |2019-02-26T15:18:06-04:00December 20th, 2018|Letters, News|

Image courtesy of Drew Kerr The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) urges Queens Library to restore an exhibition of photographs it canceled and allow it to run for three weeks as originally planned. Drew Kerr’s exhibition, Faces of The 7 Train, consists of 32 black-and-white photographs that the artist shot of passengers on the 7 train over the course of [...]