Commentary

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 […]

A Personal Reflection: 🎶“It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound. Everybody look what’s going down!”🎶

October 2018, TWAIBC Newsletter Dear Friends and Colleagues, Stephen Stills composed “For What It’s Worth,” and Buffalo Springfield, the band he helped form, released the song in 1966. I, along with many of my adolescent friends, related to the song’s message, feeling the intense emotions about the Vietnam War, and newly stirring social change around […]

Newsletter: Youth Compel Us to “Wake Up & Take Action!”

August 2018, TWAIBC Newsletter Dear Friends and Colleagues, In 2007, I saw the play “R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE.”  I was inspired by Mr. Fuller’s world outlook, and particularly taken by a 1983 quote of his included in the play program: “We can now solve all the problems of hunger […]

Rex Foundation Newsletter: The Will to Change

“We can now solve all the problems of hunger and need across the world, having all the available resources and technology; all that we need is the political will.” —Buckminster Fuller, 1983 From the October 2007 Rex Foundation Newsletter, The Will to Change reflects a common theme that inspires the work we do at TWAICB. […]

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 […]

Integrity: What a Concept!

TWAICB Director Sandy Sohcot writes: For the past 2 months, the character-building theme of my 7-year old granddaughter’s Taekwondo Class is: Integrity – Doing the right thing even if no one is watching I’ve listened in on class discussions where the Taekwondo master has the students offer their ideas on what integrity means. One student […]

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 […]