A Washington, D.C., cultural commission abandoned changes to its funding initiative amid allegations of censorship.
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) recently added an amendment to its public funding initiative, alerting artists who had already signed contracts via email that it prohibits “lewd, lascivious, vulgar, overtly political, and/or excessively violent” works. After artists portested and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) began investigating the possibility of filing a lawsuit against DCCAH on the grounds that the measure violated First Amendment rights, DCCAH repealed the controversial stipulation Thursday evening.
The DC Commission on Arts and Humanities believes deeply in the right to freedom of expression and would never seek to violate that right by censoring the work of any grantee. Mayor [Muriel] Bowser’s steadfast commitment to our diverse and vibrant Arts and Humanities community will not waver. We look forward to a continued investment and collaboration with our District creative community.