Saturday, November 10, 2018

Following outcry, Washington, DC's arts council reverses course on amendment

By Sopan Deb
Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington. Pressure mounted this week over a D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities form that grantees had been asked to sign.
A Washington arts council reversed a decision on Thursday to make all of its grantees sign new contracts that several arts groups said would leave recipients open to censorship. The arts groups who were greenlighted for grants from the council, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which is partially backed by the National Endowment for the Arts, received a letter on Monday. There was an amendment to the original grant contracts that they were instructed to sign to receive the money, for which they had already signed paperwork for. As the week progressed, pressure increased on Muriel Bowser, the city’s mayor. Jack Evans, a councilman, called on Ms. Bowser to rescind the amendment. [More]