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    The arts reconcile our senses, our emotions, and our consciousness. Utilizing this capability, we are able to deepen our awareness of our individual selves and of humankind. We are able to use the arts to analyze and discuss our most pressing topics, not just express them. “Civil Rights in Burma” is a developing effort to transform our relationship with humanitarian issues through the arts and through dialogue.

    The people of Burma have been leading peaceful efforts to resolve the suffering in their country for many years. The ingenuity, integrity and vigilance of their efforts has made them an important example of how as individuals, we are a major role in the resolution of humanitarian issues. The primary catalyst of the violence is through actions taken by the Burmese National Military in protecting the interests of international investors. Civil rights violations are statistically up to 10 times more prevalent in areas of economic development.

Currently there are 500,000 refugees that have fled the country and 1,500,000 people internally displaced. This is due to armed conflict between the national government and ethnic rebel groups, forced labor (including sexual services), rape, the use of child soldiers, land confiscation, torture, arbitrary detention (still approx. 500 political prisoners), and the total destruction of over 3,500 villages.

     Civil Rights in Burma is an effort to transform our relationship with humanitarian issues through the arts and through dialogue. I will be traveling to the capital of Burma in order to further research with artists that have been involved in the peaceful revolution of their country with their artwork. With a traveling exhibition of artwork from both the U.S. and from Burma, the audience will be able to get a much further understanding of the human rights abuses of Burma and are highly encouraged to explore their own techniques/abilities in order to more deeply touch life around them.

Risks and challenges

The largest risk/challenge will be traveling to the country in order to make connections with artists from the country and further research. To make for a smoother research process, I was able to establish a relationship with artists through email. They are the only artist residency in the country and are located in Rangoon, the capital of Burma. They will be able to provide a place for me to stay and also work on on-site artwork.

Another supstantial challenge will be to coordinate the arts events to follow.
I have experience with curating art shows, and in leading public discussion as well. I also have made connections with other organizations that are very actively involved with the human rights situation of Burma, such as U. S. Campaign for Burma and World Relief. I plan on collaborating, and have collaborated with these and other organizations regularly.

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