Three Edna Manley College students awarded Human Rights Day art competition top prizes

Three students of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts won 1800 USD in cash prizes as the top three winners in the Art for Human Rights visual art competition in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The three were awarded at the special Art for Human Rights event on Human Rights Day, 10 December supported by the UN Jamaica, European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

First place and US$1000 went to Sashoy Burey, second place and US$500 to Sasha-Kay Hinds and third place and US$300 to Kobi Bailey.

The three were assessed as having the best depiction of the Articles in the Universal Declaration.

Approximately 30 art pieces entered into the competition will be on show at the College’s Cage Gallery until January 2019, followed by a nationwide tour in the first quarter of 2019.

The Human Rights Day events were part of Jamaica’s Art for Human Rights series, a visual art exploration of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration, and a call to action to all Jamaicans to “Stand up for Human Rights”.

The Art for Human Rights series also included: live painting of 70th anniversary commemorative murals at Emancipation Park on Sunday 9 December accompanied by drumming.

The Universal Declaration is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.