Performances at Clovis High School

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Date: 1995

Region: North America

Subject: Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Theater , Performance Art


Artist: Sponsors of the production were the Fresno/Madera Medical Auxiliary organization.

Confronting Bodies: Parents of students who are schooled where the theater performances occurred.

Dates of Action: 1995

Location: Clovis High School, Clovis, California.

Description of Artwork: Professional acting groups perform vignettes dealing with teen pregnancy, AIDS and nutrition.

The Incident: A group entitled Concerned Women for America organized a protest calling for the play's cancellation on grounds that it contained vulgar language and promoted masturbation. The school board then scheduled a meeting to debate the issue of the plays propriety.

Results of Incident: Rather than fighting the protest the Fresno/Madera Medical Auxilliary withdrew the program from Clovis High School.

Source: NCAC: based on a report in "Artistic Freedom Under Attack" Vol. 3, 1995, provided by People for the American Way.