Should Art Have Boundries?
Art has always been a point of controversy throughout all of time and there is no exception to that statement today. There have always been people, from the Catholic Church putting restrictions on art and science in the thirteen and fourteen hundreds to early American history when slaves were forbidden from and form of native dancing.
Today in America we have come a long way in the development of art and the many formats we have of expressing ourselves artistically. Yet even in this highly advanced age of artistic development, there are still people who believe that art needs limits. recently there were a group of politicians who came out and stated that art, in order for it to be art must be family friendly. There are also many movements today to try and cut funding for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Movements that primarily seem to to be aimed at limiting art and how it expressed. These movements may be based around other things such as lack of money or other special interests but my primary response to these movements is why would you ever want to limit art?
A good local example of this controversy over artistic expression Is the Dead Man Walking controversy at Bingham High School last spring. Many parents as well as people in the community were outraged that Bingham would allow the staging of such a play. The Salt Lake Tribune reports “ The Jordan School District is embroiled in controversy months after the play’s run in March, with some parents and a conservative group criticizing the district for allowing Bingham to stage a play with violent undertones and political subject matter.” UK actor Steven Berkoff believes just the opposite, That art is an escape and should be utilized to address the most controversial of subjects. I agree with him I feel like If we put limits on what can be produced, then we are ignoring the entire reason art is made. It is the expression of our wild spirits and our curious hearts. Art needs to be reflective of that.