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Art Works Projects for Human Rights

Chicago, Illinois

Art Works Projects for Human Rights was awarded $250,000 between 2014 and 2016, including 3 grants in Human Rights and Chicago Commitment.


2016 • 1 year • Human Rights

Chicago-based ART WORKS Project for Human Rights (ARTWORKS) uses the Arts to raise awareness of, and educate the public about significant human rights issues. ARTWORKS agenda includes projects exposing genocide, wartime sexual violence, women's rights, famine, child labor and human trafficking, ethnic cleansing, and tyranny. It selects topics that receive the least coverage in mainstream media, yet are the most abusive for victims. This award will assist ARTWORKS with post-production costs, screenings for a global audience, as well as print and digital campaigns to promote the film The Prosecutors, a feature-length documentary that focuses on three prosecutors from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia, fighting for justice for victims of sexual violence.


2015 • 2 years, 2 months • Chicago Commitment

Art Works Projects for Human Rights (Art Works Projects) uses the arts to educate the public about human rights issues. Art Works Projects will engage in an artistic exchange with organizations with similar missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Colombia, which will result in a new photography exhibition to be shared with audiences in each location. The exhibition will compare the state of transitional justice, the set of judicial and non-judicial measures that have been implemented in order to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses, in each country (including the United States). It will include photographs by artists from each country as well as academic information on transitional justice. Each country will provide public programs to accompany the exhibition. This grant supports travel, accommodations, artist fees, artistic and publication materials, and exhibition and venue costs. It is recommended as part of the International Connections Fund.


2014 • 1 year • Human Rights

A grant to Chicago-based ART WORKS will provide early support for a film that will bring attention to the work of attorneys who are prosecuting sexual crimes committed against women in DRC, Bosnia, and Colombia. Funds will be used to complete post-production for a 15-minute cut that will presented at the Global Summit on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014.

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