ARTISTIC FREEDOM AND STATE CENSORSHIP with Guest Speaker VERA DANCHENKO STERN

Renown pianist and founder of Washington's Russian Chamber Art Society, Vera Danchenko Stern knows what it's like living in a country where artwork, books, films and even music must be approved by the State. In the Soviet Union, where Vera was born and trained at Moscow's prestigious Gnessin Institute, many artists lived by their wits, suffered for their art and stood their ground against a government and ideology that tried to repress their creativity and crush their spirit. Would American artists be as tough and as brave if the same thing happened here?