FARGO, N.D. (October 17, 2017) – The submission deadline for the first annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival has been extended for 2D, 3D and performance artists. The new submission deadline is midnight Friday, November 3, 2017.

An exploration of human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions and additional Protocols and other similar declarations and treaties such as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival seeks to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of artist in all mediums.

The arts festival and exhibition is accepting submissions for all mediums of 2D, 3D and live performance artistic works. Works submitted will be eligible for a juried competition. All artist who have works that relate to the discussion of human rights or social justice are invited to submit to the festival. All works related to the discussion of human rights will be considered.

“We’re extremely excited by the work submitted so far,” said Festival Chair Sean Coffman. “Important themes on genocide, mental illness, woman’s rights, Native American history and more are being explored through the unique work of sculptures, painters and photographers. The voices of these artist are soulful and inspiring.”

Each category of art submitted to the festival be juried for competition for “Best of…”. Additionally, a “Best of Show” award, featuring original artwork by local metal worker Karman Rheault, will be given to recognize a work with high artistic and informational value.

Artist can make submissions to the art festival online at www.ndhrff.org.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival will take place Nov. 13-18, 2017, in Fargo, North Dakota. The art exhibition will open on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. The exhibition will be available for viewing through Jan. 5, 2018. The film festival will screen at the Fargo Theater Nov. 15-17, 2017.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists. 2017 is the inaugural year for both the film and art festivals. The festival was founded and is managed by the non-profit The Human Family, an organization dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art. Support for the festival comes from the Fargo Human Relations Commission, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, and the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.

For more information, visit the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival website, www.ndhrff.org.

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