Linking the Arts with Human Rights Education: Theatre for Development and Child Rights

By Kaya J Chwals.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

An artist in the global community is a lucky individual. The artist creates, inspires, and opens fora for free conversation. But the artist is not cherished in international agendas. The policy makers for these agendas see arts on a micro level, and perhaps this is because we as artists have not asked for a place at the table. In the field of human rights education, we have a power to shape the form. This involves a few steps artists are not often used to. We need to network on a common ground with a common framework, we should understand policy and then present ourselves as an ensemble of creators, and we must trust talents enough to place the emphasis on process rather than product. By linking the work being done in applied theatre with higher education and human rights in the field, and by using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a frame, we can begin engage arts and human rights education on a greater level.

Keywords: Applied Theatre, Child Rights, International Projects, Human Rights Education, Community-based Work, Higher Education

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.51-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 505.888KB).

Kaya J Chwals

Teaching Artist, New York University, New York, NY, USA

Kaya J. Chwals has worked as a practitioner in Theatre for Development in several countries in Africa. In addition to working internationally, Kaya conducts projects with child immigrants and refugees in New York City, as well as working as a teaching artist at the New Victory Theatre and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. She holds a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts' Experimental Theatre Wing, and is pursuing a Master's of Arts at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her concentration is Theatre for Development and Child Rights.

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