PRESS RELEASE August 2, 2016
Heroes of Social Justice Art Exhibit | August 2–31, 2016
By Turquoise Trail Charter School Fifth Grade Students
At the Santa Fe Public Library—Southside Branch
6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507
“Heroes of Social Justice”, an interdisciplinary art project by Turquoise Trail Charter School fifth grade students, will be on display at the Southside Library throughout the month of August. The exhibit consists of 71 photographs of students posing as historical heroes who have broken barriers and worked hard to improve human and civil rights in our world. Excerpts of student writing that tell about each hero’s life are also included in the exhibit.
“Heroes of Social Justice” was created during a special integrated arts class at Turquoise Trail called “Project MINDS” (Meaningful INquiry Discovery and Solutions), where students conduct research on a topic and create artworks related to that research. In this case students chose a hero to read a biography about, and did further research on-line. They then wrote about the struggles and triumphs of their hero in the first person voice, in order to empathize and connect with each remarkable life story. Students created a portrait of their hero by using props, costumes and poses during a photo session, and by editing the photos with the on line program PIXLR. The resulting photos and student writing created a meaningful and inspiring exhibit when it was on display last spring at the school. We are now very excited to bring the exhibit to the general public, and what better place than the Santa Fe Public Library—Southside Branch
The Heroes of Social Justice exhibit is a collaboration between: Carol Barker, TTCS librarian Lynn Grimes, TTCS recently retired art teacher Katie Dougherty, TTCS fifth grade social studies teacher 2015–2016 Fifth Graders of TTCS Annette Prapasiri, Six Blooms proprietor and designer This project is supported by a grant from Partners in Education and inspired by Art21 Educators—a nation wide program dedicated to bringing contemporary art into the classroom.
13A San Marcos Loop
Santa Fe, NM 87508
PHOTO CREDITS: Caesar Chavez by Samuel Johnston Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Skye Bowdon