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Announcing Winners of the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights

35th Annual K-12 Arts Competition

The Tompkins County Office of Human Rights (OHR), in collaboration with the Dorothy Cotton Institute, is pleased to announce the winners of the 35th Annual Human Rights Arts Competition for all K-12 youth in Tompkins County.

The Human Rights Arts Competition expand possibilities for student expression around issues related to universal rights (including civil, economic, political, and human rights) while providing teachers with strategies for discussing social justice themes in their classrooms.

Over 340 students in Tompkins County participated in this year’s competition in which 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes and honorable mention awards were chosen for each art form in each age category. Group winners share one prize. Information on Artwork display locations will be announced during the awards ceremony. Student art, poetry, and video can be seen on the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights website and Facebook Page.

The Award Ceremony will take place via YouTube:  at 10:00a.m., on the International Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2022. Gift cards, medals and certificates will be drop off at winner’s respective schools starting on the week of Monday, December 2022.



SAVE THE DATE - Arts Competition 2022


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Phoebe Brown
Daraisi Marte
Kayla Matos
Jeremiah Sokol
Moderated by Ken Clarke, Sr., Director, Tompkins County Office of Human Rights
Monday 28 February 2022, 7:00 P.M.
Sponsored by Southside Community Center



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November 16, 2016 - A Close Look at the Office of Human Rights - Ithaca Times

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September 13, 2015 - Arts Competition Broadens Purview - Ithaca Times

September 9, 2015 - Housing discrimination widespread in Ithaca, human rights report says - Ithaca Voice

January 25, 2015 -Ithaca event celebrates human rights - Ithaca Journal

January 14, 2015 - Human rights organization gets new leaders

November 18, 2014 -Community uses arts and games to educate children about human rights - Ithaca Week

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November 2, 2014-Dream bigger: MLK contest expands to all human rights - Ithaca Journal

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