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Route to Human Rights Finds Permanent Home at Miami Dade College

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Miami, June 20, 2012 - The International Solidarity for Human Rights (ISHR) and Miami Dade College (MDC) will sign a collaboration agreement at 6 p.m. Monday, June 25, to ensure all art work in the Route to Human Rights Project will be installed throughout MDC’s seven campuses and two centers. In addition, a rendering of the next piece of art, the Route to Human Rights Pavilion, will be presented at the signing ceremony at the North Campus.     

The Route to Human Rights is a multi-media project with the goal of bringing awareness about human rights issues through the arts. Initially, the project intended to place art created by local and international artists at 30 locations throughout the State of Florida. Now project will have its permanent home at MDC.

“Miami Dade College, serving nearly two million students during its 52-year history, epitomizes democracy’s college at its best. Human rights are a foundation of democracy, and MDC stands as an ideal institutional partner in collaboration with ISHR to further the ideals of justice and equality. The new Pavilion at the North Campus will be home to art exhibits and educational programs relevant to the freedoms we have as individuals,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.   

Each of the art pieces represents a different article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The new Pavilion is linked to Article 29 of the Declaration: “Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.” The Pavilion will be used solely for activities and functions in support of education and raising awareness about human rights issues. It will serve as a depository of art and photo exhibitions, book readings, receptions, and documentary/short film screenings, among other activities.

So far, two sculptures have been installed at MDC. Two years ago, the InterAmerican Campus hosted the inauguration of the project with the unveiling of Elevacíon (Elevation) by Uruguayan artist Mauro Arbiza. The 16-foot sculpture was inspired by Article 19: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.”

Last year, the North Campus unveiled the second work of art, the Route to Human Rights Plazas, a series of 10 sculptures called NINOS by Spanish artist dEmo. It was inspired by Article 2: “Freedom from Discrimination.”

Architect Frank Costoya, who designed the Freedom of Expression and Freedom from Discrimination Plazas at InterAmerican and North Campuses, respectively, will be in charge of designing the Pavilion. Once all the art work has been installed, a Passport to Human Rights route and map will be available at each of the 30 art sites depicting the articles of the Declaration and online.


MDC North Campus Hosts Route to Human Rights Signing and New Art Presentation

  • WHEN: Monday, Jun. 25, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus, Building 5 11380 N.W. 27 Ave., Miami

ISHR contacts: Elizabeth Sanchez Vega, 786-301-3019,; or Devorah Sasha, 954-562-8481,


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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