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Thursday December 8, 2016 at 5:15pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District


MVHS art students are represented at the exhibit "An Artist Response to Human Rights,” on view through December 18 at the Newburgh campus of Orange County Community College.


Organized by the Orange County Human Rights Commission and the Orange County Arts Council, this annual exhibit features visual and literary interpretations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the United Nations in 1948.


The work of Minisink artists includes fine art, photography, fabric art, and literature. Each piece features a statement from the artist about the creation and meaning of the work. 


“A lot of people think that human rights are obvious--that everyone is treated like they have these rights, but that's not the case,” said art student Briana Spina. "Through our artwork, both visual and literary, we are able to remind people that the fight for equality is not over. I am grateful that I and other high school students were given this opportunity to make our voices heard and prove that, just because we are young, it doesn't mean we don't know or care about these important issues.”


Art teachers Mrs. Hoolan, Mrs. Morais and Mrs. Rufino accompanied their students to the opening reception on December 4.


“I feel adults often underestimate a teenager's ability to understand big ideas about life and personal freedom,” art teacher Kat Hoolan said. “But their artwork is evidence that they do see the world and its issues with a lot of thought and consideration."

English teacher and department chair Emily Rufino feels that a walk through the exhibit helps viewers “imagine all of the unique stories behind these works of visual and literary art that express our shared beliefs in equality and freedom.”


“I was thrilled to see the enthusiasm and quality the students exhibited in their artwork,” art teacher Sylvia Morais said. “It demonstrates their depth of understanding of the importance of Human Rights.”


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