Beyond its power to titillate, good erotic art can make powerful, sex-positive social statements. Just look at how the genre has flourished on Instagram: Tons of artists with hundreds of thousands of followers have, for the last few years, been showing their huge audiences new ways to think about love, sex, and intimacy—often at the risk of getting their accounts deleted for being in violation of Instagram's anti-nipple community guidelines. Erotic art has been around forever, which may feel like an exaggeration but isn't too far off. For many ancient civilizations, erotica was showcased freely, adorning ancient Greek homeware and showing up in the Moche sex pots which depicted various acts including anal sex.
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Hot Springs, Arkansas, has a thriving arts community. Galleries , museums, music and film festivals , and arts and crafts shows make it a cultural hub for artists and art enthusiasts. In the Hot Springs Fine Arts District, dozens of artists and patrons of the arts have transformed historic buildings into galleries and studios. Most galleries stay open late for Gallery Walk on the first Friday of every month.