SchoolArts Magazine

October 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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28 OCTOBER 2018 SchoolArts nia. Annual themes such as We Do: Acting Interdependently; Empathy; and for both 2018 and 2019, Transform - ing Conflict, have allowed teachers and students to focus not only on real- world problems, but also solutions. Moving Forward in a Digital World This year marks a major shift in the IHP. We are excited to announce that we have redesigned our current website (see Web Link), allowing for increased interaction and for the voices of young people and communities to be seen and heard more globally. The newly designed project will become digital, thus eliminating the challenge of send - ing physical artworks. Entries will be viewable online and archived. We encourage teachers to host their own school-wide or regional IHP exhibitions (see the how-to guide on our website). F O C U S I N PAGE SPONSORED BY: S ince 2006, the Interdependence Hexagon Project (IHP) has engaged hundreds of children, adolescents, and people of all ages and backgrounds across the world. IHP provides an opportunity to create visual art using hexagons that stand as metaphors for interconnectedness and to connect with individuals about important social, emotional, and per - sonal issues affecting the world. The Hexagon Effect Interlinking hexagons are created in all media: clay, wood, glass, fibers, print, video, digital, drawing, and more. Hexagons are also utilized in incred - ibly diverse ways. They have been sent through the mail as "Pen Hexagon Pals," promoted valuable collaborations between preservice teachers and art students; brought voices together in advocating against child abuse; high - lighted an initiative in Haiti to prevent soil erosion and preserve indigenous plants; reflected on issues of identity, race, and sexual orientation, and more. Every September, during Interde- pendence Month, we exhibit these artworks and hundreds more in an exhibit space in Scranton, Pennsylva - The Interdependence Hexagon Project Beth Burkhauser Key Features of the Website The new website allows participating teachers to comment on artists' art- works and statements, promoting col- laboration among teachers and with other programs. The new design also provides an easier registration process and ease of uploading images from computers or smartphones. In addi- tion, it provides a large treasury of resources about social justice and the arts, lessons and unit plans, and video and slideshow motivators that can serve as valuable teaching resources for art classes. What stays the same is our mis- sion: Our belief that through the pro- cess of making art, and the art itself, positive change will occur. We invite you to join us in our effort to use the power of art to promote positive change in our society and intercon- nectedness among diverse peoples in the world. Beth Burkhauser is the founder of the Interdependence Hexagon Project. bbur- khauser@ W E B L I N K IHP provides an opportunit o create visual art using hexagons that stand as metaphors for interconnectedness.

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