SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2013

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focus in Interdependence in Three Dimensions tions to issues that are interesting to them. The works in ceramic clay that we have received from year to year are extraordinary. They show a high degree of thoughtful planning of ideas and application of artistic skill. Beth Burkhauser I nterdependence Day is September 12, the day after the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. It is a time to rethink priorities about where we are and where we must go to create a global civil society in an increasingly interdependent world. The International Interdependence Hexagon Project, an arts and social justice project for youth ages nine through eighteen, interfaces with the Interdependence Movement. Since 2006, this international arts project has exhibited more than 2,000 hexagons in a wide variety of media, both physically and on our website and social media. Ideas and materials are unlimited, but the hexagonal template is a metaphor for interconnectedness. The hexagon becomes the "creative limitation" through which students find boundless and unique ways to reinterpret, rediscover, revamp, and revise connecPage sponsored by: 16 March 2013 SchoolArts Healing in clay Eileen Healey, who teaches ceramics at Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, has a very intimate connection with September 11, 2001: "When I realized that the Hexagon Project was a response to 9/11, I was certain that I had to get my art students involved. In general, I love the idea of trying to draw something positive from something negative and I have actually been trying to do that in my own life since 9/11. My brother Michael was one of 343 New York City firefighters who were lost on that tragic day. Instead of dwelling on why it happened, I prefer to figure out what I can learn from it. The answer for me is to realize the good that is all around us and show appreciation for it every day. How? Show love to others, appreciate nature, speak out against violence, conserve our natural resources, take a stand against evil and be a positive example for others to follow. It is my hope that by getting my art students involved in the Hexagon Project they will take a stand and discover their own voices promoting interdependence in our world." Get involved The deadline for the seventh international Hexagon Project exhibition is June 30, 2013. Mail the finished hexagons to our central location in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where they will become a powerful interlinking visual statement. Hexagonal templates, release forms, and entry forms can be found at www. interdependencedaynepa.org. It is our firm belief that the arts and artists can change the world! Beth Burkhauser is chair of the International Interdependence Hexagon Project. bburkhauser@msn.com

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