The primary goal of this project is to give a voice to youth with the intent of using their work as a way to initiate a dialogue about diverse identities and the power of the arts to help inspire that conversation. Additionally, the project will give teachers the tools to use the arts as a valuable interdisciplinary tool to bring explorations of history, economics, cultural identity, and landscape to the school curriculum.
How do art and narrative/story combine to open discussions to reach understanding?
Students will create their self-portraits and write companion narratives about an event, person, and/or belief that helped them become who they are today. Portraits and narratives will be displayed at venues that will promote and allow conversation and discussion about identity, actions, and the common good.