BART’s 8th grade team is excited to start a new year with the Curating a Culture of Respect program. We launched the program this year by introducing our overarching inquiries:
Can art change the world?
Can (B)art change the world?
Can I change the world?
Students made posters of these questions for the 8th grade hallway.
At BART, we meet once a week in small advisory circles to talk about important topics in our community. As we prepare to visit The Clark Art Institute, we conducted several circle discussions on the topic of ART:
BART’s 8th graders are feeling very excited because we just received a second round of letters from our French pen pals in Strasbourg!
We are also excited to start Creative Fridays! Creative Fridays will allow us to work on long-term art projects inspired by the novels we have recently completed. The purpose of this creative project is to show what we have learned about culture or history from reading a historical fiction novel or memoir. We also want to use public art as a way to build community and compassion in the BART community.
Hanna Leatherman, from The Clark Museum, helped us kick off Creative Fridays by introducing the concept of community art. We talked about purpose and audience of community art.
We also looked at and discussed example of effective and not-so-effective community art. Hanna organized these examples into CHEERS and JEERS! Here are some highlights from the CHEERS category in Hanna’s presentation:
CETA (Community Engagements through the Arts) Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
Utility Paintboxes Pittsfield, MA
“Plan to Change the World” Mural Mt. Greylock Middle School
8th grade students at BART Charter School are currently studying stories about immigration, choice, and control. These topics connect with the concepts we discussed at The Clark Art Museum, as part of the Curating a Culture of Respect project. Our big question:
What can we learn about unfamiliar cultures and history through story?
Every student has chosen to read one of the following novels:
Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
Shooting Kabul by NH Senzai
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
After completing the book, each student will design and develop a creative project that shows what they have learned about culture or history from reading a historical fiction novel or memoir. They will also describe the purpose of their creation in an artist statement.
We will update with pictures of the projects in the next few weeks!