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:: Human Rights Art Festival ::

:: Human Rights Art Festival :: | Illuminate | Scoop.it

The Human Rights Art and Film Festival, (HRAFF) in Australia aims to change the way all people are treated. Here in the US, we have our causes too as does anyone around the world. Amnesty International is everywhere and brings art into the spotlight.  Art is a wonderful way to engage so that we may get the message across the borders in order to bridge them.

 

Some say art should not be political but I say it usually is. Poets and filmmakers and songwriters and storytellers are al artists and visual art is no different. No different than the rest of us as we are all in the same pile of living, breathing, feeling creatures called humans.

 

Art can be a part of a world that changes and survives those changes no matter the critic. I hope that the resiliency of humans can do the same. Tolerance is at the root and deep down underneath of any of the politico’s reasons, so someday, maybe we can actually begin there.

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2012 Art for Peace Contest

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“92 Countries, 6623 works of Art, 1 Message of Peace”

 

The artist I have chosen to represent this post is 17 year old Itzel Azalia Joya Figueroa from San Salvador, El Salvador. Although her work did not take first place, I believe it should have as her pithy explanation of her piece really says it all.

 

"Peace must be nurtured by humanity. In my drawing I represent the marine life food chain also implying that peace can destroy war." – Itzel Azalia Joya Figueroa

 

The contest, an international art contest for young people, is sponsored by the Harmony for Peace foundation and the United Nations office for disarmament affairs. With 6623 works of art this year, there are a diverse group of artists to view but all with a similar message.

 

“Imagine a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” was the theme for 2012. There are flyers provided on the website in every language to be printed and posted within all of our regions. The work is truly inspirational, yet so simple in response to something so terrorizing and complicated.

 

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Because School Without Art Isn't School...

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Andrea Mulder-Slater, an art educator, together with her mother and inspired by her own daughter, give us a website dedicated to children and the art or learning to make art.  She calls it KinderArt - Free Art Lessons and Art Education Information.

 

This site is for educators, students, homeschoolers, and particularly, I’d say, those parents whose children have not been offered an art program in their own school.

 

With the overcrowding of most public schools and the budget cuts for art programs, this could be the way of the future.


There are templates and lesson plans to choose from, including assessments, print making, recycling, and sculpture to name a few. The lessons are there for the enjoyment of anyone from an infant to the age of fourteen.


There is even an interactive “Fridge” referred to as the "kinder fridge", where a student’s work can be uploaded as a jpeg and hung on the virtual fridge.

 

 

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Benin | Peace Corps, The Faces of Art in Africa

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Building blocks have been a part of a child’s learning tools since art educator Fredrick Frobel first proposed their use in 1837. The Peace Corps provides those blocks for our hopefuls in the form of critical thinking skills and art education for our future peace makers.

 

The International Center for Art and Music (CIAMO) in Ouidah, Benin, is another sector of ArtForce Africa, a substructure of an American non-profit in place to bring well rounded art education to Africa.

 

Those who teach in the developing areas of the world are an example of who we should all strive to be, as they are doing it for the sheer joy of helping to bring light to others. I imagine they get much more than they ever expected to get once they begin working with the children and people of varied cultures.

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The Wynwood Walls

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The Wynwood Walls project consists of six warehouses and a parking lot to create an outdoor street art museum. As one Miami neighbor tells us, “That art is for everyone, not just the elite, you get with inspiration when you look up and see art, it is like a little sign of hope amongst the junkies’ syringes and broken windows.”

 

The local artists engage while visiting artists come in to play as well, tallying in the hundreds who create here. There are various areas of expertise here which actually label an artist as an inside wall or outside wall artist and even an outside door artist.

 

This community redevelopment project is not one of awnings and pretty storefronts but of rejuvenation and energy inside a town.

 

There is now a restaurant which doubles as a gallery of hand painted walls and hanging graffiti works, serving Latin inspired cuisine.

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Loving the Faith & Hope Art Show

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California’s Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, hosts an art fair for  those who have been or currently are incarcerated in the State of California. This programs extends to victims or offenders of violent crimes. The opportunity for friends and family to attend the fair and share in the pride and accomplishments of these women and men, have been the influence for many of the artists in itself. These artists paint and create to help in the cause to support and prevent recidivism.


PREP stands for Prison Re-Entry Program which is utilizing art as part of that re-entry. The fact that Los Angeles houses 34% of the parolees from the California prison system is no surprise as this city makes up 12% of the entire population of California. Even so, this program and the transitioning are going strong with art as its backbone.


 

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Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends

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One prisoner put it simply, “I believe that your program (the Prison Arts Coalition) gives the public a glimpse into the type of things that inspire even the most downtrodden of us all.” The inspiration that the public sees when admiring the art created by the incarcerated is unsurpassed by the inspiration the prisoners get when they understand how many people come together for their sake. While the Prison Arts Coalition does not teach or offer programs for art, it provides support, builds partnerships, manages and plans the events.

 

A transformation from the encouragement and support that anyone would feel from this type of event is amazing. Imagine that you are a person who has never known this kind of love before, that is why I tend to feel that projects like these can change the world. The only thing is, maybe we should begin a lot earlier.

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My Body is My Journal and This is My Story...Johnny Depp

Tattoos are an illuminating form of expression in the joint. Ink, not originally intended to simply be making art as a form of expression is, and was, more of a control mechanism. An incarcerated person may be inclined to make the statement that there are parts of a person who cannot be controlled. I tend to think that while incarcerated, one is still rebelling; trying not to have one's spirit broken, and that this may be the first “stage of rage” in a conforming, yet nonconforming way. The next step to realization, hopefully, is that no one can control your soul, and I guess that is why we all find "Jesus" in jail! These days tats have come a long way from the jagged and scratchy ink drawings of gang affiliations. Check out the art in this Youtube video and see how far things have come and if you have never seen a tattoo from jail from the days of old, you certainly are not missing anything. This tatoo art is superior to most in my opinion.

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http://www.deviantart.com/

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“Deviously serving the art and skin community for (and they count by the day ;)”… Showing 233 million pieces of art, with over 23 million registered artists, Deviant Art (DA)dubs themselves the biggest on-line art community and I don’t doubt it.

 

Tattoo art, painting, literature, film, anime, to digital and traditional, Deviant art supports each and every type of art and gives all artists a forum via this website.

 

DA employs mature content feature as to not offend so the site is practical for many types of artists and collectors. Many artists have been commissioned through the work they display on DA. There are avenues to provide feedback and comment freely throughout this well maintained and very interactive site.

 

A great opportunity for someone who may not want the brick and mortar gallery to display their work and market their work as well as communicate with buyers and other artists.

 

I have not gotten that far, but if DA does not already offer it, it would be an ideal place to host your own interactive gallery opening, complete with chat.

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Anti War Pro Enviorment Art Gallery

 

I discovered an anti war art gallery that is fully on line. What better way to rally for a cause than with fellow artists and how much easier is this to do when it is all on line?  Easy is not usually what I think of when I think of fighting f or a cause, so for this reason, there really can be no excuses.

 

If you are an artist who is for the environment, and against all war, this site offers you a free, (yes free) gallery to display your work.

 

Shelly L. owns and manages antiwarartists.com. The goal is to improve the human condition and join forces through art, to show that there are many of us who feel this way.

 

In John Lennon’s song, “Imagine”, he states that there are many that call us dreamers but also states that he is not the only one. This site steps further into his platform and is a great way to begin to take this stand if this is your position.

 

Please share this site and allow yourself the chance as well as others to consider hanging art in this on line gallery. I know I will.  http://www.antiwarartists.com/gallery/  

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Laila Shawa, Impacted = Art of War

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Laila Shawa has an art show called, "The Other Side of Paradise". Her theory and theme has been influenced by female suicide bombers. Shawa, a Palestinian, insists that the only way these women can ever find equality is through a successful mission, which means death. She explores the concept that each female chosen for a mission was a fallen one, possibly blacklisted by a family member for shame or a black sheep who challenged social norms in regard to woman’s place in her society.

 

One of Shawa’s pieces of work is of a woman who fails and loses a pin to a grenade. She communicates the terror she is plagued with, her disappointment of a mission not completed and an emotionally convoluted result; a life without purpose thereafter as it will sirly result in death once caught. This is an example of extreme and real feminism being expressed  that portrays the violent and convoluted emotionality that manifests in extreme misogynistic societies.

 

Shawa’s dismembered mannequins and silent screams will be on display in October this year.

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PEACE OF ART

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Some of the topics I have researched have given me more insight into the amount of non-profits intertwining art and education. Often, these non-profits cannot sustain so it is important to bring them to the forefront and share them with others once we learn about their existence.

 

Peace of Art seems to me to be one of these non-profits that need illumination. Focusing on the global human condition, Peace of Art tries to find peaceful resolve to adversity. They are not of any particular religious or political ilk but attempt to join hands around the world with one another through art.

 

Daniel Varoujan Hejinian is the artist I chose to represent this post with a piece from his "Colors of Liberty" collection as displayed in the photo above. Hunger, homelessness, deportation, and genocide are some of the causes with awards issued for best essay regarding Peace of Art.

Education seminars provide an open dialog with its various themes of human concern within a collection. Peace of Music is yet another avenue and promotes live performances combined with a live orchestras as well as original works. And while the causes Peace of Art fights for are worthy, I'd say Peace of Art is quite the worthy cause in itself.

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Beckoning for Change - Artists with a Cause

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Beckoning For Change (Artists with Causes) site is a plethora of multimedia artists, filmmakers, music, photographs, poets, writers and anyone interested in making a difference.

Beginning with black males to change the preconceptions and other stereotypes,  their video presents to us Kamal Sinclair, giving us a project called “Question Bridge” that is so interesting and natural, it surprises me that no one has thought of this concept before. Then there is Frank Antonio Lopez with “Peace Poets” trying to raise communication to bridge that same gap.

Another artist, Dana Gluckstien, travels and collects photographs she taken for over three decades with her mission to help protect the rights of indigenous people. Her project is called “Dignity”. Beckoning for Change is providing exposure for artists who become involved in becoming societal advocates for art as illuminators of the mind and to elevate awareness in our world and community.

 

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Boys in The Hood - Juvie Expression Via Art

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It has been my experience that when I run across people, especially children who are actually happy in what they are doing and where they are in the world, it is likely that art has played a role in that self worth and development that makes those connections. Too often we underestimate the power of art in a person’s development, no matter their age. Many agencies are recognizing this through data provided via intense interactive studies (http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/grantprograms/discr14.html)  and we can only hope to be able to see more of this for a better and more hopeful future for our world.

 

Arvie Smith is an artist who has been commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) to help work with and enrich the lives of the incarcerated youth in Multnomah, Oregon. Most of these studies concur with the findings that art-based programs are particularly effective in promoting positive youth development with social competence, empathy, communication and self worth.

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Gifted

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Part of my Illumination project is to highlight specific talents and needs such as this one. This is another important project of which I am happy to know is out there, and glad to promote. Because of their disabilities, many times the disabled are isolated from the art world and the community in which they live. Our disabled have amazing gifts as well as desires to make art and become exposed to other artists along with having that exposure reciprocated. The Disabled Artists’ Guild builds on this premise and is striving to fill the voids that still exist today. The three featured artists that I have read about are accomplished and driven and I invite you to view their work for yourself.

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Freedom of Expression

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Zemp Art is the name of a company founded by a still relatively young man, Sidney Zemp, who was incarcerated for over twenty years due to drug use and the theft he took to in order to support his habit. His graphite drawings, based on photos given to him of other prisoner’s family members while in prison, fueled his interest in this art project.

 

Zemp’s declaration that, “I was good at it (drawing) because I found that I really enjoyed it” and says it also gave him some basic inner peace while incarcerated. Zemp was able to begin working and doing shows as soon as he was released. His greatest supporter and most important role model is his mother who recognized his talent while he was in prison.

 

His art has an innocence to it that I found in many of the prisoners that were making art where I worked as a reading teacher. It seems the incarcerated have seen so much ugliness in their lives that it creates in them a strong desire to make art that is anything but. It seems to me that art that might otherwise be defined as “sentimental” loses that association for me when being made by the incarcerated in our society. They long for simple representations of a charmed and unadulterated life.

 

Zemp is teaching as well as studying, and wishes to begin a non-profit to teach children and the elderly as well as those who need to channel their energies like Zemp did, and still does.

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The Wizard of Osborne

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Gerald Filyaw never discusses his reason for incarceration as it is only a part of his past... and this guy is living in the moment! Since discovering life through his visions within his paintings, he has left prison, and the reason for his being there, behind. Filyaw has surrounded himself with community art service projects and galleries, in addition to a whole new circle of like minded friends, and that keeps the negative influences away in his book.

 

While Jesus is his answer and inspiration, Filyaw was an inventor extraordinaire to the other inmates, doodling different ideas on any scrap of paper he could find. They referred to him as “The Wizard of Osborne”, where they were all incarcerated together. These inventions and ideas were what revealed to him what life was all about. From there he painted those revelations. I’d enjoy attending a show by Filyaw and even meeting him as he seems like such a positive fellow and is a shining example of what art education can do to aide in returning the incarcerated to society with self esteem and hope, which Filyaw certainly has.

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