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Build Bridges, Not Walls Project to be on Display Dec 8



Art from students in Orange High School’s senior Global Citizenship classes, sophomore Health classes, and the Male Minority Leadership Group will be on exhibit at the Akron Art Museum on December 8, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. These students are working on a social justice project entitled, “Build Bridges, Not Walls” where they are exploring social justice issues through art making. In collaboration with Dr. Christa Boske at Kent State University, students have the opportunity to foster their creativity by creating an altered book; and, describe their art making in two exhibits as a vehicle for personal and communal transformation invigorating local, global, and personal histories. A grant from the Orange Schools Foundation helped make this possible. The community is invited to attend.

These OHS students, as well as students from other schools and graduate students from Kent State University, will have the opportunity to share their social justice projects and describe their art making as a vehicle for personal and communal transformation. The exhibit’s wide range of visual and performing art encourages viewers to actively engage through collaboration and promotes growth and interaction with other communities. A second exhibit will be announced soon for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The "Build Bridges, Not Walls" interdisciplinary project promotes cultural literacy and helps our students better understand social justice processes and activities to develop a mindset of concern for our society's inequity in wealth, education, and privilege. Through Project Based Learning (PBL), students are empowered to affect change through awareness, advocacy, activism, and aid. Students make important connections between history, culture, economics, and science while developing critical thinking, writing, and media literacy skills. Through this personalized and project based learning opportunity, the areas of 21st Century Skills, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, design thinking, collaboration, and communication competencies are addressed.

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