Student human rights projects showcased in Museum expo

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Photo: CMHR, Aaron Cohen

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Omar’s project, as a teenaged refugee from Syria, shows the importance of freedom of speech. Kaia is a 13‐year‐old who wrote, performed and recorded a song of support for friends who face racism. Eric, a Grade 12 activist, organized a “Strut for Shoal” fashion show, fundraiser and march in support of clean water for First Nations.

A young woman and man hold up posters that promote a fashion show. In the background are bright neon lights.
Meg Boehm and Eric Jasysyn organized the Strut for Shoal fashion show. .

Thirty special projects by students from six schools in four Winnipeg school divisions will be presented tomorrow in the Rights Today gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

Called “The 180”, this new learning initiative asked students to create a project that can turn an injustice around 180 degrees towards justice – and to communicate their vision in just 180 seconds. The program, developed by CMHR Educator‐in‐Residence Graham Lowes in collaboration with several local teachers, has spanned a two‐month period of work in classrooms and at the Museum, culminating in tomorrow’s “conversational expo” and 180‐second keynote addresses.

Modelled after an existing Museum education program called “Be an Upstander”, the new initiative not only requires students to research their topic and create a product, but to demonstrate tangible steps they will take towards a resolution. The results include diverse student products ranging from museum‐type exhibits to artworks, videos, storytelling, organized events, performances, info graphics, visual presentations, written works and more.

WHAT: “The 180” student expo 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Expo in Rights Today gallery on Level 5
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Six student keynotes on Level 1 
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Expo in Rights Today gallery on Level 5.

WHERE: CMHR, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall
85 Israel Asper Way

The participating school divisions are Louis Riel, Seven Oaks, River East‐Transcona and Lord Selkirk.

This event is open to general public. Gallery admission rates apply for the expo, but attendance at the keynote addresses is free. All Museum galleries are open on Wednesday evening, with $5 admission after 5 p.m. and an additional $5 fee for admission to Mandela: Struggle for Freedom.


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