Culture Wars Symposium at Corcoran

Art and free speech advocates are holding a daylong summit on the "culture wars'' over the arts in Washington amid talk in Congress of cutting federal arts funding to help balance the budget.

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is hosting the symposium Saturday with groups that protested the removal of a video from a gay history exhibit last fall at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Museum curators, historians and free speech advocates will hold panel discussions throughout the day.

Corcoran spokeswoman Kristin Guiter says they expect the free event to fill up and are asking participants to preregister online. The auditorium accommodates 220 people. The museum also will stream the event online.

The private museum organized the event with the National Coalition Against Censorship and Washington's Transformer Gallery.

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