Culture Shock: A companion site to the PBS series about controversial art, cultural values and freedom of expression. Are the arts dangerous? They inspire, but may provoke. They thrill, but sometimes offend. And often the same artwork attracts both acclaim and condemnation. This site provides context that promotes understanding of the history of the arts and controversy.

Artists featured in this site address such perennially divisive topics as race, religion, politics, sex, and violence. Although artworks reflecting these issues are included, the site is designed so that visitors must make the choice of what they wish to view, listen to or read, and may opt out of seeing any objectionable material.

Teachers are advised to review the entire site and to read "For Teachers" before using it in the classroom. Parents should know that the site has been rated according to Safe Surf and Recreational Software Association codes. As with teachers, parents should review this, or any site, before allowing unsupervised use by children.

Come explore both the inspiration and the challenge of the arts in Culture Shock.