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4th annual North Dakota Human Rights Art Festival opens in Jamestown

A community conversation about human rights will take place at the center on Tuesday, May 11.

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"Sitting for Peace" by Isaiah Jones of West Fargo, N.D., is on display as part of an exhibit at The Arts Center in Jamestown. Submitted photo
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The Fourth Annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival opened at The Arts Center on April 22. The exhibition, which features the work of 50 artists, will be on display through June 5. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

A community conversation about human rights will take place at the center on Tuesday, May 11. The event begins at 5:15 p.m. and will include local students and community service groups. Artists will be on hand to speak about their motivations and the inspirations behind their work. The event is free and open to the public. Audience members will be invited to interact and ask questions of the artists.

The festival includes 50 2D, 3D, filmmakers, and live performance artists from around the world. Each artist explores human rights, civil rights, or social justice issues through their respective mediums. In addition to paintings, mixed media works and photographs, a series of experimental videos are also a part of the festival. A full list of the artists participating in the festival can be found in the festival's online Exhibition Program . Certain works in the exhibition may be purchased via the exhibition's online store . Purchases support the work of the artists.

The show's themes include pandemic-related stories of isolation and creativity, domestic violence, racism, immigration and border detentions, and more. The festival features regional artists and artists from California, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. International filmmakers from Rome and Spain are also included.

The Arts Center is operated by the Jamestown Fine Arts Association, a 501(c)3 organization which has been promoting the arts in the Jamestown area since 1964. Located in the heart of downtown, the main building features an exhibition gallery, performance stage, classroom, office, artist-in-residence apartment and studio. The Arts Center provides a wide variety of arts activities, exposure and experience for every age group and skill level.


The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival's mission is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human rights topics. The festival was founded and is managed by The Human Family , a non-partisan 501(c)(3) based in North Dakota founded to change communities through art.

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts which receives funding from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about the festival, visit www.ndhraf.org or visit the festival's online Exhibition Program .

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"We Can Do It" by Melissa Kugler, Plymouth, Minnesota, is one of the pieces in the exhibit at The Arts Center. Submitted photo

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