RYHO! Storytellers




Human Rights Initiative (HRI), will host their third annual Rock Your HeArt Out! Art Auction & Concert in october 2018. 6-10 artists will have the opportunity to tell the stories of fear, immigration, and the journey to freedom of their client through their art. Each selected artist (2018 RYHO Storyteller) will partner with a HRI client through sculptures, paintings, and photography to create a narrative that documents the client’s path to safety, liberty, and opportunity.

Each piece will be installed at Life in Deep Ellum for the Rock Your HeArt Out Art Auction & Concert, giving event attendees and online followers the opportunity to bid on the art auction. All money raised will directly benefit immigrants and asylum seekers who have been tortured and abused.

Last year the Rock Your HeArt Out Concert & art Auction raised over $80,000 and Many of the featured local Dallas artists’ storytelling gained national attention.



To apply as a 2018 RYHO Storyteller please complete the application below. Be sure to link to your best work! The RYHO Storyteller application will close on July 17th, 2018. Our Selection Panel will review all submissions and selected artists will be notified the first week of August. Storytellers will be paired with former HRI clients at the beginning of July. Final artwork must be completed by October 4, 2018.


Thank you in advance for your interest in telling our clients stories!

Please email marancibia@HRIonline.org with any questions or concerns.

Special thanks to our 2017 Artist Expert Selection Panel

Jin-Ya Huang, Mixed Media Artist & HRI Planning Committee Member

Kelly Clemons, Artist & 2016 RYHO Storyteller

Jimmy Hudson, HRI Supporter & Art Instructor