The Concord, NH-based Lantos Foundation for Human rights and Justice was established in 2008 to carry on the legacy and work of Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor ever to serve in Congress. His fervent belief was that the U.S.’s steadfast devotion to the values of decency, dignity, and freedom makes us both the strongest and the most hopeful nation on the face of the earth. In both big ways internationally and smaller ways here at home in New Hampshire, we carry on that legacy through our work with programs focused on religious freedom, rule of law, and global citizenship.
Our “Activist Artist” initiative recognizes the powerful connection between human rights and artists around the world. Human rights activists come from many different backgrounds, but one of the most powerful, yet often overlooked, forces in the human rights movement are the artists. Artists can challenge, inform, inspire and ultimately move communities toward understanding, acceptance, and change. Through diverse media, such as film, writing, theater, dance, music, painting, poetry, and drawing, artists express the raw emotions that can often provoke needed attention and action on human rights crises around the world.
- Must currently be in high school
- Type of institution award is open to: two-year college
- Type of institution award is open to: four-year college
- Award is available to U.S. citizens
- Essay required