Wednesday October 24
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Free and Open to the Public


Falmouth Art Center To Host Community Conversation on Art & Censorship


FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Art Center will host a Community Conversation later this month on Art and Censorship. The public is invited to the talk on Wednesday, October 24, from 6 to 7:30pm, at the Falmouth Art Center at 137 Gifford Street in Falmouth.

The event is in response to the community’s concern about a recent incident in which artist Salley Mavor was asked to remove political content from a show to be displayed at Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth.

That incident has led to discussion in the community about the roles of artists, art nonprofits and gallery space. The Community Conversation on Art and Censorship is meant to add constructive conversation to the dialogue.

Among those on the panel will be artist Salley Mavor of Falmouth; Nora Burchfield, who is Executive Director of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts; Margaret Van Sciver, a respected business leader with strong ties to Cape Cod’s cultural community; and Dr. Elaine A. King, a part-time Bourne resident who is an art curator, critic, professor and editor. King is co-editor of the book of essays, “Ethics and the Visual Arts.”

Mavor’s show, Liberty and Justice: The Satirical Art of Salley Mavor, is currently on view at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell.

Falmouth Art Center Executive Director Laura Reckford will moderate the panel. Reckford began her position at the Falmouth Art Center last month. “This institution has played an important role in Falmouth’s cultural community since the founding of the Falmouth Artists Guild in 1965. I felt it was appropriate that this space be a place where people can come together to talk about the roles of art and culture in our community,” Reckford said.