(Letter to the Editors)
|Charles Venable, museum director. Courtesy of Artnet News|
Also, a nationally prominent travel writer has informed the IMA that because Gov. Mike Pence signed what the critic termed a "hateful bill" into law, he does not plan to cover events in Indiana in the foreseeable future. That means that readers of national publications and websites will not hear about the IMA's upcoming "Dream Cars" exhibition, which opens May 3 and runs through the summer. ("And it's really too bad," said the critic, "because the exhibit at the museum sounds pretty cool.")
RFRA is sending a message to the rest of the nation that Indiana is narrow-minded and intolerant. Even if, as RFRA's supporters contend, the law will not have the negative effects that we fear, the fact that it is so easily misinterpreted is a sign that lawmakers made a serious mistake.
The Board of Directors of the IMA calls on the General Assembly and Gov. Pence to amend or repeal RFRA during the current session of the legislature. Leaving the law on the books will hurt Indiana's thriving arts and convention industries — an economic harm that Hoosiers cannot afford.
Charles L. Venable
Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO
Chairman of the Board