Winnipeg Showcase: May 23, 2024

Be an Upstander Showcase

Find out how you can participate in the Be an Upstander Showcase, an event that empowers students to recognize injustice and use their strengths to create change.

In a museum gallery, a student stands beside a table displaying the project they created. The project has the word "peace" in big letters. Partially obscured.

Photo: Aaron Cohen, CMHR

Submissions are open. Apply here!

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The Showcase

The Be an Upstander Showcase is an annual event which amplifies your voices as students, providing an opportunity to display your projects and share the work you’re doing for human rights with the public. Students are invited to share their work in the Museum galleries and talk with visitors about how they are taking action to turn injustice into justice. Inspired by the Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change exhibition, this year there will be two ways to participate in the Showcase: share your project or share your music.

Share Your Project

Share your project on human rights alongside other students in the Museum galleries and present your work to members of the public.

Showcase projects should include the following elements:

  • A visual, artistic or interactive element (past projects have included displays, works of art, infographics, interactive activities, short films, or recorded podcasts);
  • Information to create awareness and engage the public about a current human rights topic;
  • Talking points about your work and human rights action for you to share with the public.

Share Your Music

Share your music inspired by human rights at a busking station in the Museum galleries and present your work to members of the public.

Musicians should prepare the following elements:

  • 1–2 songs or pieces that you can perform live;
  • A poster that can be displayed at your busking station telling the public about who you are and what human rights cause inspired your music;
  • Talking points about your work and human rights action for you to share with the public.
 ramp leading to a museum gallery. The walls at the end of the ramp have lines of different colours and the words "Beyond the Beat" and "Haut et Fort."

Submissions

Who can make a submission?

Students in grades 4–12 in Manitoba.

When are submissions accepted?

Submissions open Monday, March 18, 2024 and close Friday, May 3, 2024.

What should a submission include?

A submission may take the form of a written or video response. If you choose to film your response, you can respond to each of the bullet points below in the same video (2–6 minutes).

Project submissions should include:

  • A description and/or images of the visual elements of your project;
  • A summary of your project and how it connects to human rights (75–150 words written or 1–2‑minute video response);
  • A reflection (100–250 words or 1–3‑minute video response) that talks about:
    • The process of creating your project,
    • Your plan for how you will act on what you learned to make a difference in your community,
    • A response to one or more of the following questions: How have you grown since starting this project? What challenges did you overcome while working on your project? What impact has your project had on you and the people around you?

Music submissions should include:

  • A video recording or audio of you performing at least one of the songs or pieces you plan to perform at the Showcase;
  • A description of how your music connects to the human rights cause that inspired you (75–150 words written or 1–2‑minute video response);
  • A reflection (100–250 words or 1–3‑minute video response) that talks about:
    • The process of creating your project,
    • Your plan for how you will act on what you learned to make a difference in your community,
    • A response to one or more of the following questions: How have you grown since starting this project? What challenges did you overcome while working on your project? What impact has your project had on you and the people around you?

Note: You may perform original songs or covers of songs with human rights connections. For inspiration, check out the music of the artists featured in Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change.

Teacher Resources

Community Showcases

Edmonton: May 2, 2024 at Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre

Winnipeg: May 23, 2024 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Be an Upstander Student Showcase

May 23, 2024

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: Buhler Hall, Level 2 (What Are Human Rights, Indigenous Perspectives, Canadian Journeys), Level 3 (Protecting Rights in Canada and Garden of Contemplation)

In a museum gallery, students exhibit projects on easels. Two students speak with adults about their work.