Continuing Relevance of the UDHR

Perspectives on the Meaning of Dignity

Our Director, Sandy Sohcot writes: On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019, we’ll enjoy welcoming people to Reclaiming Dignity, the opening of the exhibit of Virginia Jourdan’s paintings inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  The centerpiece of the exhibit is this magnificent painting Virginia named Dignity, based on reading the UDHR and considering […]


Virginia Jourdan Virginia Jourdan is an award-winning artist who enjoyed art even as a child and continued pursuing her passion and developing her talents through college. She attended the University of Washington where she honed her skills in painting, then went on to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she received her BFA in […]

RECLAIMING DIGNITY: February 14th, 21st & 23rd

RECLAIMING DIGNITY: February 14th, 21st & 23rd

Join Us February 14th, 21st & 23rd! Exhibiting Virginia Jourdan’s painting series inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) & Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration! Learn more about the UDHR Enjoy the spark of compelling & beautiful art for action & positive change Experience ways to manifest the UDHR in small […]

Natalia Anciso demonstrates the positive impact of using the arts, play and teaching of the UDHR with second graders

Natalia Anciso has been part of TWAICB since 2011.  First, as a participant in our 3-day Institute to learn about the UDHR and TWAICB curriculum, Natalia then became part of our Institute presenting team.  Natalia has offered her visual arts talents and expertise to provide participants their own experience of using visual arts to express […]

The Crossing Borders Project | Introduces C-Jam (Communities Joining for Art And Murals) To Encourage Connection, Compassion & Care

Earlier this year we presented information on The Columbus Crossing Borders Project. Columbus Crossing Borders is a nonprofit consisting of 34 painters and a film crew using art to inspire critical thinking, compassion and support for the millions of refugees in our world.  Created in response to anti-immigration sentiments and racism, this project tours as an […]

A Perspective on U.S. Exit from the UN Human Rights Council: The Impact on Hope

By Sandy Sohcot The focus of The World As It Could Be Program is raising awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its continuing relevance to help bring about equality, justice and dignity for all people.   We have carried out this work the last 12 years because we have witnessed the positive […]

ROP Students Launch ‘Radical Red’ Project

ROP Students Launch ‘Radical Red’ Project

In early December 2017, the Arroyo Rite of Passage class participants began the process of identifying their Community Action Project. The first class discussion centered on selecting the three UDHR Articles they associated most closely with community issues that concerned them. The result of this discussion is illustrated in this document titled Priority UHDR Articles […]

Student Wins Honor for UDHR-Themed Art

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot says: We’re delighted to hear from colleague Pedro Mena that Siddharth A., one of the students in his UDHR-themed art program at Columbus Academy, received a Scholastic Art Award for  his UDHR-inspired art. We’re delighted to share Pedro’s letter and Siddarth’s work. We’re inspired by his depth of thought and the way he depicts […]

Crossing Borders: Human Dignity and the Refugee Experience

When our educator colleague Pedro Mena recently shared his “Human Rights on Record” art project, he also introduced us to Laurie VanBalen, a colleague from Columbus, Ohio. As seen in the documentary Breathe Free,  Laurie started the Columbus Crossing Borders Project as a way to raise awareness of the stories behind the many refugees arriving in the […]

Inspiration to Speak Up and Foster Positive Public Dialogue

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: Following recent events in Charlottesville and the subsequent responses from the president, we posted via Facebook and Twitter about how the Universe of Obligation could be an inspiration to speak up, as described in this blog post.  We also shared this link to our Resources for Speaking Up, which we hope you’ll find helpful. The Universal Declaration […]