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Recently Rex joined forces with some of its grantees to actually engage youth in raising awareness of human rights issues, creating a stage production called “The World As It Could Be: A Declaration of Human Rights” — and producing a DVD of the event.

The main goal of this dramatization was to raise awareness about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also exemplified the importance of using the creative arts to educate people about social, economic and political issues; at the same time, it demonstrated the value of the programs that use the arts to nurture the development of the participating young people.

By creating a permanent document of this often soul-stirring performance (at Jerry Garcia’s alma mater, Balboa High School in San Francisco), we hope to make it available far beyond the original audience. In particular, teachers may find it a valuable resource in presenting issues related to human rights.

Check it out, and let us know what you think!