To be excluded from participation in the arts might not seem as essential as lacking access to the right to food, clothing, or housing. But human rights are often interconnected and people with less access to housing and food are often also restricted from artistic expression. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights doesn’t separate the arts out either, but connects enjoyment of the arts with participating in the cultural life of your community and sharing in scientific advancement. Article 27: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”
So, who are the people or groups who have less access to the arts? Our Session Two campers (see their photo below) will explore that question Tuesday. People with disabilities? People in prison? People experiencing homelessness? Who else?
Also, the founder and a teen participant from drawchange will explain their work to our campers and spend the day creating art with our campers, culminating in an Artists’ Showcase that evening.
Here are some ways you can follow along with our campers and influence your community to provide more access to the arts for everyone:
- Alongside our campers, watch these five videos of groundbreaking arts programs:
- Learn more about drawchange and how you can support or volunteer with their organization.
- Learn more about Zot Artz, which partnered with Peacebuilders in 2016 to create an Arts for All program in Americus. You might even choose to invite Zot Artz to produce a program in your community.
- Support or volunteer with a great youth music organization like…
- Maybe the most simple but meaningful action you can take is to donate art supplies to public schools.