• Self-expression through the arts is included
    in Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights
    of the Child as one of children’s civil rights:
    “The child shall have the right to freedom of expression . . . either orally, in writing or in print,
    in the form of art, or through any other media
    of the child’s choice.” Article 31, which affirms a
    child’s right to rest, play, and leisure, also recognizes the right “to participate freely in cultural life
    and the arts.”2
    In our experience, when we enable
    young people to express their feelings and ideas
    through methods of their choice, they gravitate to
    the arts—to music, poetry, painting, and digital
    arts. This was also true in the example from the
    United Kingdom of children choosing their own
    methods to document their travel to school: most
    of their choices were arts-based

  • Victoria Derr is an assistant professor at California State University Monterey Bay. Previously she was an Instructor with the University of Colorado



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