STRETCH GOAL + NEW: HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION TIER
Thank you to everyone that contributed!!!! We reached our goal of $5,000 and because of that, our reimagined and redesigned UDHR will be printed and disseminated for human rights change. Thank you!
We are bumping up our goal from $5,000 to $6,500 to cover the paint and supplies to create a public mural in a local NYC neighborhood, based on the design of our UDHR. Consider pledging as a Human Rights Champion for a UDHR, buttons AND stickers.
We are looking for 22 Human Rights Champions to make this mural a reality in the next 8 days!! If you aren't able to become a Champion today, become an Ally! Any amount will help us make this public art project a reality.
About the Project
Since the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, no document has more clearly outlined the inherent rights and freedoms guaranteed to every human being. It is the most important document in human rights history. Period.
Despite its unparalleled significance, we at ARTE noticed that many young people across the United States feel disconnected from it and don’t see its relevance in their lives. We are here to change that but we can’t do it alone.
To better engage youth on human rights, we redesigned the UDHR to make it readable, accessible and dynamic. With all that work behind us, it was time to get this into the hands of young people in schools and jails across the country.
The Re-Designed UDHR
We knew we couldn't do it alone - so we teamed up with NYC brand agency, ThoughtMatter (check out their re-designed Constitution). After a few drafts, we knew we had something special. Our re-designed UDHR elevates the importance message of universal human rights. It also:
- can travel with you as a intimate pocket-sized zine
- can fold out into a poster you can hang up, take down and re-fold again!
Our design is complete and prototyped, but we need your help to get this document out into the world. Your dollars will go toward our first round of printing of 4,000 copies which will be the basis for our programming in future months.
This document is as effective as the number of people it reaches. How are we going to make sure the printed UDHRs ignite the human rights change we need? Here are a few ways:
- ARTE connects with incarcerated young people and young people in schools and in communities across New York City. This document will serve as a foundation for this work under the premise that when you know what rights you have, you can better defend them for yourself and for others.
- In February 2019, ARTE invited youth across New York City to participate in a series of workshops in which they created art and discussed routes to action based on each article of the UDHR. Their work resulted in a self-published zine by and for youth organizers, artists, and activists. This will supplement the re-design by serving as a way in which folks across the USA understand their rights and take actions to protect them.
- ARTE will also develop curricular tools for human rights educators and activists on how to utilize our re-designed UDHR in their classroom, youth groups, organizing, etc. It will include example activities and ideas for engagement of youth and adults.
- We will continue to host workshops that use the UDHR as a foundational tool in creating art to understand and express the impact of human rights on our everyday lives.
Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) engages young people to amplify their voices and organize for human rights change through the visual arts.
Using art, design, and technology, ARTE students develop creative projects that bring awareness to local and global human rights challenges. As an organization, we strive to remain adaptive in our impact: our curriculum is flexible to address issues that are important to our students and relevant to current events. ARTE centers youth voices, encourages advocacy, and provides opportunities for collaboration to allow students to step into leadership positions to train and organize other young people in their own communities.
Risks and challenges
The challenge with this UDHR redesign is making sure that it has impact and longevity that it deserves. Access to this document must be widespread for it to have the impact we imagine. With current/planned programming in place and our relationships with other organizations, we will continue to work to make sure the UDHR is used in a meaningful and impactful way, across the country and around the globe.
We will clearly communicate with backers if there is any delay in printing or shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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