The National Coalition Against Censorship’s Arts Advocacy Program, launched in 2000, is the only national project dedicated to working directly with individual artists and curators involved in censorship disputes. Its main goal is to protect artists’ rights to participate in the democratic dialogue by defending public access to their work, and supporting their ability to freely express views that might be unpopular or controversial. The project resolves controversies through education and advocacy, avoiding the need for legal action. Working within a larger organization allows us to capitalize on the fact that controversial issues are not confined to one medium of expression or one social sphere. We work with different constituencies to mobilize a wide base of support, and produce policy documents and materials for educational programs. We also analyze censorship trends and train artists to become their own advocates and develop strategies to counter censorship in all its ever-changing forms.
“The Foundation’s commitment to supporting artists by funding the institutions that incubate, encourage, exhibit and critically engage their work is unwavering. Non-profit arts organizations face profound challenges due to the political, economic, social and cultural upheavals of our current moment. At the same time, and more than ever, artists need the supportive community and creative encouragement that these organizations provide.”
Joel Wachs, President