The first He(art) Show was organized in fall of 2010 by a student group at the University of Minnesota, World Without Genocide (formerly STAND). At the beginning, the idea was a simple: to try and connect STAND with the vibrant creative community of Minneapolis. Today, the He(art) Show is an annual event that occurs each spring, usually in April. Not only does it raise awareness for human rights issues, but it’s a fundraiser as well!
All proceeds go to an established organization that focuses on the issue at hand. The first show raised over $1000 for the American Refugee Committee, and, in 2012, the show again raised $1000, this time for Not For Sale, an organization dedicated to working against human trafficking. We hope to expand greatly this year!
The He(art) Show also features speakers from organizations working on the issue and people affected by the human rights abuses. The first year included refugees from various periods in history, while this past year survivors of human trafficking shared their experiences. These personal stories provide invaluable perspective and offer those who often not allowed the chance to speak for themselves the opportunity to do so.