The Story of Color (novel)

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Artist: Subcommandante Marcos

Year: 1999

Date of Action: March 1999

Region: North America

Location: Washington D.C.

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: National Endowment for the Arts

Description of Artwork: The story is a children-oriented Mexican folktale.

The Incident: After approving funding for The Story of Color, the NEA withdrew funding from the project, for fear of supporting the Zapatista movement in Mexico, which the book's author is affiliated with. However, Marcos agreed not to take any NEA money, or even proceeds from the book, for himself.

Results of Incident: The NEA did not reconsider its decision, in spite of a letter from NCAC.

Source: http://www.ncac.org/art/19990315~USA~NCAC_and_Other_Natl_Groups_Oppose_Censorship_of_Children's_Book_by_the_NEA.cfm