Public Performance Policies

Performance and Exhibit Policy

The Library’s arts & culture goals include:

To broaden horizons by presenting a wide range of art, drama, music, and other performances;

  • To support community cultural and artistic activities;
  • To nourish intellectual, aesthetic and creative growth, promoting lifelong learning;
  • To provide welcoming and inspiring community events;
  • To enrich the Library mission by expanding collaborative ventures with arts and cultural resources in Minnesota and beyond.

The mounting, design and scheduling of programs and exhibitions will take place at the discretion of the Director, designated staff and/or Library Board.  Programs and exhibits may be seen by anyone visiting the Library – both children and adults who may have various degrees of understanding.  Programs and exhibits will therefore meet what is generally known as “a standard acceptable to the community.”

The selection of performers and the allocation of exhibit space follow the principles of intellectual freedom as described in the Library Bill of Rights.  The Library allows for a broad spectrum of opinion and a variety of viewpoints.  The Library will not censor nor eliminate programming because some members of the community may disagree with its content.  Permission to perform or exhibit artistic material does not imply Library sponsorship, endorsement of content or responsibility for representation of all points of view.

If you feel that the program or exhibit does not meet the Library’s mission, you are encouraged to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Exhibit or Performence. Once the form has been fully completed, it should be submitted to the Library Director.  The Request will follow the process outlined in the Collection Development policy as approved by the Library Board.

Approved by VHPL Board of Trustees Feb 22nd 2010