NIC art students, Art on the Edge students create human rights sculpture

|photo1|Art can serve as a tool to teach expressiveness and problem-solving skills, which is the focus of Art on the Edge, a free art program for children offered through St. Vincent De Paul.
But a special project through North Idaho College's art department and Art on the Edge is teaching children about much more than art. They are also learning about human rights.
Through a grant from the NIC Foundation's grant program, the students of NIC Instructor Michael Horswill's 3-D Design class are partnering with children from Art on the Edge in a service-learning project mirroring human rights.
The sculpture project is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a guiding document of the United Nations, adopted in 1948 to define human rights and to promote peace around the world.
Art on the Edge Director and Founder Ali Shute said the project was a perfect fit.
“The NIC students are not only teaching the kids in the program about art and human rights, but they're mentoring them as well and forming some great bonds with the kids who need this kind of positive outlet,” said Shute, adding that both the college and the art program are reaping the rewards of the partnership. “Everyone involved in this project comes out a winner.”
NIC students each chose one of the 30 articles describing a human right and partnered with a child to teach them its meaning and how it can apply to their lives before creating an artistic representation of the human right.
Horswill said that the project has been great for his students in the way that the process “combines academic art education at NIC with real life community art-making—and all in a celebration of human rights.” 
Each small sculpture based on an article will be held by the plaster-cast hands of the adult and child who made it.
“My college students have been inspired by the children's limitless imaginations,” Horswill said. “We've made friends and we've made art.” 
The sculpture will be unveiled during a reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 in the lobby of Molstead Library on NIC's main campus.
The public is welcome to attend the free event.
Information: (208) 773-1725.

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NIC Art Instructor Michael Horswill, (208) 769-3202, or Art on the Edge Director Ali Shute, (208) 773-1725

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2005

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