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Artist on Display

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Arya Badiyan, Baha’i artist from Portland, will be the featured guest artist at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene beginning July 9th. Arya will have several of her thought-provoking and powerful pieces on display in the HREI gallery for the 2nd Friday Artwalk from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm where she will be available to meet the public. The following day (Saturday the 10th) at 1:00 pm she will be speaking on her work that encourages meaningful conversation centered around human rights and social justice issues.

To learn more about Arya and her art you may visit

Her website states: Arya B is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist. Her most recent body of work explores American values in light of a 400-year-old history that falls short of upholding them. Arya juxtaposes text and image, embedding the conceptual narrative within the work. The purpose of this work is to facilitate healing from the diseases of racism, sexism and American exceptionalism. Each piece cuts through oppositional consensus narratives, laying bare the truth; inviting reconciliation of the wrongs that stain our country’s past and present. Arya has put many of her artworks in the public domain, free to use and to support activists and educators.

The Human Rights Education Institute is able to bring Arya to Coeur d’Alene through a grant and donations from its supporters. HREI focuses on K-12 supplemental human rights education for the community and other community building events. Their website states: We celebrate diversity and promote human rights by educating, raising awareness and recognizing the value of all humanity.

The 2nd Friday Artwalk is sponsored by STCU and the Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance


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