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Tompkins County Office of Human Rights and
The Dorothy Cotton Institute Present

Human Rights Arts Competition

Fall/Winter Term 2015


Important Dates

Submissions Due

Friday, November 20, 2015 
5pm to 120 W. MLK Street, Ithaca, NY

Winners Announced Thursday December 3rd, 2015
via email and online
Awards & Celebration

Human Rights Day, 
Thursday December 10, 2015
Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY


Competition Guidelines
Compeition Printable Guidelines

Competition Entry Form

Important Dates and Deadlines

30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 11X17 Classroom Poster

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR) is rolling out its county-wide 28th Annual Arts Competition for K-12 youth in September 2015.  The program, formerly known as the MLK Art and Poetry Competition, has been OHR’s cornerstone youth-based offering for nearly three decades now.  This year, the program has been revitalized with a new theme based on the 30 Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (30 Articles).  The Human Rights Arts Competition is designed to expand possibilities for student expression around issues related to universal rights (including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights)while providing teachers with strategies for discussing social justice themes in their classrooms.

Also new this year will be OHR’s collaboration with the Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) in order for the program to promote a more impactful approach to human rights education for teachers and students alike.  DCI is a locally-based, but internationally-renowned, human rights education and resource center.  The organization is dedicated to training and preparing educators for leadership in a global movement toward social justice.

The Office of Human Rights and the Dorothy Cotton Institute will work together to provide both students and teachers with the human rights framework needed for both artistic expression and the building of bridges in the classroom.  The program will also be designed to assist local school districts in meeting New York State’s Common Core standard, which has embraced human rights and the 30 Articles as a meaningful topic for student and classroom exploration.

Human dignity and the inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. This principle opens the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The preamble goes on to say that a common understanding of the rights and freedoms outlined in the Declaration is paramount to their realization. Human rights education is an investment in the future, aimed at achieving a just society in which the human rights of all persons are valued and respected. By investing in human rights education we empower individuals to defend their own rights and the rights of others.