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    Human Rights Art Contest

    “Art is a way for people to express themselves, whether for the sake of imagination or to express ideas. It has been used effectively today, and throughout history, to send public messages about social and political issues. Human rights and the arts go together because of the expressive nature of both subjects. As people, we can stand up for our rights through expression. Due to their ability to create visual interest and to promote solidarity, awareness, and protest, artists and designers play a pivotal role in society by promoting human rights advocacy. Especially in the modern age, where people rely heavily on technology and media, it is important to send messages that work toward creating a society that respects human rights for themselves as well as others.”
    The University of Alabama – Institute for Human Rights

    23rd Annual K-12 Human Rights Art Contest


    “. . . Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and

    to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms . . .”

    ~from Article XXVI of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


    The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights invites Idaho students to create original works of art and in response to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Right to Education. You might consider the following questions: What does the right to education mean to you? Why is the right to education important? How can we promote and protect this right in our community?



    • All entries are due by Friday, April 14, 2023.
    • Each kindergarten through twelfth grade student may submit one piece of art in any medium.
    • Art submissions must include an artist’s statement explaining how the work expresses or connects to the Right to Education.
    • Entries may be submitted online by clicking the “Submit Your Art Here!” button below.
    • Entries may be delivered or mailed to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights (775 West Fulton Street, Boise, Idaho 83702). Clearly print your name, school, grade, and teacher’s name on the back of all artwork. Include a copy of a completed permission release form, which can be found at this link.


    First, second, and third places will be awarded for each grade level. Winning submissions will be included in an anthology, and these artists will be recognized in a Celebration of Education held at the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise on Thursday, May 4th at 6pm.

    Submit Your Art Here!

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      Donate Artwork

      I hereby donate my artwork to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and grant permission for its use in fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting permission, I recognize that my artwork will become the property of the Center.

      Keep Original Artwork

      I wish to keep my original artwork, but hereby grant the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights permission to use its image for fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting this permission, I recognize my artwork image will be used by the Center at their discretion.

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      Download a copy of the flyer and permission release here. Please share this information with all Idaho students who might be interested in joining the conversation around the right to an education. We can’t wait to celebrate this art!