The Universal Declaration of Human Rights handwritten on an illustration of orange flowers

What does the U.S. Constitution actually say? On January 20, 2017, artist Morgan O’Hara took a pen and paper to the central branch of the New York Public Library and began to write her own copy of the document in long hand. In what she describes as “a form of protest for introverts”. She was soon joined by others. Since then, there have been some 119 sessions on three different continents and more than 2,000 participants.

Morgan says: “This art practice was created so that people will know their rights, deepen their understanding of laws created to protect these rights, and helps resist negative thinking. To date approximately 2000 people have participated, both nationally and internationally. The goal of this art practice is to encourage people to hold their own Handwriting sessions on a recurring basis; to create a physical and psychological space that explores the practice of concentrated writing as an art form, and a process designed to bring people together in a quiet and calming way, all by focusing on human rights.”

This summer, we will be hosting the first online version of the Handwriting Project, collaborating with several Historic House Trust sites in New York City, as well as a community of artists in Europe. We will meet every Thursday from 12 pm – 2 pm beginning on August 13 and ending on September 17. Commit to spending time with the U. S. Constitution, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or choose another document. Participation is casual and members will have the opportunity to share their documents.

Register here.

Join our Director of Education Maggie Weber for a special read along on Zoom this Thursday!

We’ll be reading “George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides” by Rosalyn Schanzer.
This book is best suited for kids ages 9-12 but everyone is welcome to listen in. This book contains references to wartime violence.

We look forward to seeing you all on Zoom!
Zoom Meeting ID: 836 9527 9623
Password: 079192

Order a copy for your home library from our neighbors at Community Bookstore or Greenlight Bookstore.