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Don't Delete Art - Day of Action

New York - June 15

(NEW YORK) – PEN America's Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) and the Don’t Delete Art (DDA) coalition will lead a Day of Action on Thurs., June 15, with supporters gathering outside major museums in New York City from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to highlight artistic censorship on social media and urge technology companies to use content moderation to protect artists’ free expression online.

Day of Action Details and Schedule 

New York City: Beginning at 11am, DDA members will pass out stickers and Manifesto flyers outside major museums, calling on artists, curators, and leading art institutions to join the movement. Supporters can pick up campaign materials and sign the manifesto at the following locations: 

  • 11-11:30 am: Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St, New York
  • 12-12:30 pm: Parsons School of Design, 66 5th Ave, New York
  • 1-1:30 pm: Magnum Foundation, 59 E. 4th St, New York
  • 2-2:30 pm: New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York
  • 3-3:30 pm: International Center of Photography Museum, 79 Essex St, New York
  • 4-4:30 pm: Meta Headquarters, 770 Broadway, New York

DDA members will end their route at the Meta N.Y. Headquarters, where they will deliver a list of Manifesto Signatories to date, along with Manifesto demands and documentation of circumstances in which Meta policies have failed artists.

About Don't Delete Art

DDA is a collaboration uniting advocacy groups and artists to defend artistic freedom online. The coalition released the Don’t Delete Art Manifesto on Feb. 16 to demand that artists and arts professionals are prioritized in social media content regulation. 

Further campaign details are available at www.dontdelete.art. The action will be documented live on DDA’s Instagram (@dontdelete.art).

The manifesto calls on social media companies to reconsider existing restrictions on artistic content, review alleged violations, and create better appeals and notifications processes. The campaign has been endorsed by artists, curators, arts educators, gallerists, museums, and other institutions in over 89 countries.

The Day of Action will spotlight the core demands of the Manifesto. DDA members will hand out stickers and flyers outside major art museums and later deliver the manifesto to Meta’s New York office.

“Digital spaces are one of the last vanguards for artists to safely post their work and reach large audiences, particularly as repression and censorship increase worldwide.”

— Julie Trébault, Director, ARC

Use the DDA sticker on Instagram

Artists on social media platforms are invited to use the DDA Giphy digital sticker to “censor” posts of their artwork to heighten the visibility of self-censorship among artists, who often do this in order for their posts to be favored by platform algorithms. To use the sticker, in the Giphy search bar type “@dontdeleteart” and select the sticker you want to use.

  • Graphic credit: Emma Shapiro, Don't Delete Art (DDA)
  • Graphic credit: Emma Shapiro, Don't Delete Art (DDA)
  • Graphic credit: Emma Shapiro, Don't Delete Art (DDA)
  • Graphic credit: Emma Shapiro, Don't Delete Art (DDA)
  • Graphic credit: Emma Shapiro, Don't Delete Art (DDA)
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