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Leading up to the 75th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 2023, ARTE will use our social media to help further educate our community about the UDHR, how we use it in our programming, and why human rights are a critical part of envisioning a new future. 

The information below aims to contextualizes the project, explain the "why" behind the colorful puzzle piece logos, and expand on the ways ARTE works to construct a more just world. Follow along on our IG!

Thank you to the Open Society Foundations for their generous support of this initiative.



​It is critical to not only study the UDHR—an aspirational document that outlines 30 basic human rights every person should have—but also to put this human rights theory into practice through education and action. Through programs like Youth Voices Lead, ARTE provides NYC-based youth with the environment and tools to study social and racial justice through a human rights lens and learn how to raise awareness and action in their communities.

Since the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, no document has more clearly outlined the inherent rights and freedoms guaranteed to every human being. Despite the importance of this influential document, many young people may feel disconnected or don't see the relevance of the UDHR and human rights in general in their lives. ARTE is committed to providing a quality human rights education that informs students about the frameworks that exist to delineate and protect their rights and the rights of others.



Although it may often be the “missing piece,” excluded from human rights conversations, abolitionist thought and practices are essential to both examining the flawed systems that deny people their human rights and imagining and building a world in which everyone can freely experience all 30 rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). 

We invite you to join the movement to sustain our work to empower young people to fight for a more equitable world. We are always looking for folks who want to join our community and help ARTE continue to give the gift of art and healing. We have been doing this work and will continue to do this work…for the long haul. 


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