SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2013

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focus in: orgAnizAtion updAtes Inside Out: The People's Art Project Sharon Warwick W hen I showed my students the huge photo installations known as "street pastings," by the French artist known only as JR, they were deeply inspired. They loved that JR motivates communities all over the world to express their most important causes and concerns through simple black-and-white images of human faces. JR encourages these group actions based on themes such as hope, diversity, gender-violence, and climate change. ticipatory art project. This project allows groups of people worldwide to paste their own portraits somewhere in their community, thereby "transforming messages of personal identity into works of art." These portraits were pasted on the side of a museum in Reggio Emilia, Italy. new projects Recently, JR has Beginnings been setting up photo booth trucks In 2006, JR created Portrait of a Genin public places, enabling people to eration, which depicted portraits of participate in the suburban "thugs," Inside Out Project and posted it in the Learning about JR and instantly. Parbourgeois districts the Inside Out Project ticipants enter the of Paris. This illegal was a great benefit to photo booth, and project became "official" when the Paris our school at a time when within one minute, students really needed it. a black-and-white City Hall wrapped poster is printed its building with and given to the subject to paste in a JR's photos. In 2007, JR made Face 2 public space in his or her home comFace, an enormous exhibition posted munity. A photo booth truck was even in eight Palestinian and Israeli cities set up in Times Square in New York that featured portraits of Israelis and City this spring, resulting in the crePalestinians face to face. In 2008, JR ation of 6,000 portraits in just three embarked on a long international trip weeks. for the Women Are Heroes exhibit, in which he underlines the dignity of all women, who are often the targets of Making inside out personal global conflict. At the Lewisville, Texas, campus of In 2011, JR received a prestigious Winfree Academy Charter Schools, TED Prize, after which he created we decided to make our own Inside Inside Out, the world's largest parOut installation in the windows of Page sponsored by: our building as part of a memorial in honor of our principal, who had recently died. We were particularly inspired by JR's work in Whanganui, New Zealand, because it was displayed in windows. I asked students to express how they felt about our school without our principal and their responses were amazing. Each student's photograph was placed in a window, transforming the look of the building completely. Learning about JR and the Inside Out Project was a great benefit to our school at a time when students really needed it. Want to participate in the Inside Out Project? Visit insideoutproject.net for information and guidelines. Sharon Warwick is an art teacher at Winfree Academy Charter School in Denton, Lewisville, and Irving, Texas. swarwick@ wacsd.com

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