Speak Truth To Power and the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE encourages students throughout the world to learn about the essential rights all human beings are born with and to become Defenders of Human Rights in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Robert F. Kennedy
Throughout history, citizens have effected change around the world through direct action, formal systems and community dialogue. Within these broad catagories, many strategies have been utilized.
Art is the creative expression of human beliefs and values through a variety of media, including words, music and images. Ideas expressed through the arts can help shape public opinion and influence the interpretation of events and circumstances in our communities.
To better understand change through the arts we have developed the following activity based on two Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Winners. As you transition through the steps you will be introduced to the concepts of Creating a Ripple of Hope, Creating Change Through Music, Introduction to Analyzing Music and Basics of Writing a Successful Song. The knowledge gained through the activities with assist you in writing a successful song to be submitted into our contest. Select the links below to begin your journey.
WHAT ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 by his eldest child, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, to honor courageous individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. Each year, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights recognizes an individual whose courageous activism is at the heart of the human rights movement and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy's vision and legacy. The Human Rights Award laureates have made significant contributions to their countries through years of dedicated work. Laureates are chosen through an exhaustive annual nomination and selection process with nominations submitted from all over the world. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights offers not only a monetary contribution to their cause, but also forges strategic partnerships with the recipients of the award.
CREATING A RIPPLE OF HOPE
The music of BANDSLAM and the history of the music used provide extraordinary "teachable moments." To optimize these opportunities, The GRAMMY Museum, Walden Media and MENC: The National Association for Music Education, have created this interactive Educator Guide filled with history, science, and musical riches.
Explore the GRAMMY Museum with the cast of the movie Bandslam! Watch as Gaelan, Vanessa and Aly break down the basics of musical genres, songwriting and recording and how they relate to you, as a student.
LEARN ABOUT SONGWRITING
Writing a song can be challenging. To assist you in producing a successful song we have organized the process into 5 STEPS.
5 STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL SONG