Curating a Culture of Respect at BART 2016-2017

Hello all!

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:

  1. Connections to Art
  2. Art in Our World
  3. Art Museums

We started our circle discussions by watching videos about art. Our students really enjoyed these videos from SoulPancake!

Next week is our first field trip of the year! We can’t wait to explore the galleries and make art at The Clark.



Community Art and Creative Fridays

Hello from BART!

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

Finally, here is a link to Ms. Marr’s Creative Project Assignment and Rubric. This whole unit is brand new–feedback, suggestions, or ideas are welcome 🙂

We will keep you updated on our progress!



Choice and Control


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!