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Understanding the complexities of free speech in government-funded activities requires consideration of interdisciplinary concepts from art, law, and philosophy:
Freedom of Expression: How is freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, especially for artists?
Government Support for Cultural Activities: Is funding of the arts an appropriate government activity?
Government Funding and the First Amendment: How does freedom of expression apply in the context of federally funded activities?
Governmental Determinations of Aesthetic Value: How is aesthetic value determined by the executive and judiciary branches of government?
Comprehensive bibliographies on government funding of the arts, updated
DOCUMENTS: Most court decisions and related documents involving the NEA are not otherwise available on the Internet and are included here.
for the Arts v. Thomson
Bella Lewitsky Dance Foundation v. Frohnmayer
Finley v. National Endowment for the Arts (C.D.Cal., 1992)
Finley v. National Endowment for the Arts (9th Cir., 1996)
Finley v. National Endowment for the Arts (rehearing denied) (9th Cir., 1997)
Fordyce v. Frohnmayer
Frasier v. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley:
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