SchoolArts Magazine

January 2015

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F O C U S I N : O R G A N I Z A T I O N U P D A T E S B uilding peace in the Phil- ippines; the dangers of shark finning in Can - ada; the realities of racism around the world; gay rights: These are just a few themes that appear in the art of students who partici - pate in the Hexagon Project, an arts and social justice proj - ect for youth in pre-K through grade twelve. The Hexagon Project challenges young people to confront, question, and reconsider attitudes and beliefs as part of their responsibilities as global citizens. Doing so through the arts can have an exceptional impact on a student's sense of self and per - sonal growth. The Interdependence Movement The Hexagon Project inter - faces with the Interdepen- dence Movement. The goal of the Interdependence Movement is to work towards a more civil, peace-minded, and just world. Inter - dependence Day, which occurs every year on September 12 (the day after the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center), marks a time to reflect on the injustices of the world and the needs of others, then ask ourselves what we can do to change things. Hexagon Project 2015 Participating in the Hexa- gon Project is a great way to seamlessly bridge current national standards with the need to address global issues in the classroom. Best of all, participa - tion is easy and fun. Hexagonproject. org features a wide range of resources for the project, including units of study, PowerPoint presentations, videos, templates, links to social justice websites, and a virtual gallery of past hexagons. Hexagons can be created in virtually any medium; Past works have been made in clay, wood, cast iron, paper, cardboard, fabric, digital design, and even video. The new, optional theme for the 2015 Hexagon Project is "solutions." Students and teachers are invited to find creative solutions to issues such as pollution, homelessness, global warming, bullying, etc. Participation is open to stu- dents in pre-K through grade twelve, and although com - petition is not the focus of the Hexagon Project, recog - nition is awarded to artists who express outstanding work in a range of categories and age groups. Collaborative strategies are welcome! Living Connected The Hexagon Project is about seeing the big picture collectively. The more we teach social justice and demon - strate and communicate interde- pendence in our behavior, the more we—and our students— can live more fully connected lives. Learn more about the Hexagon Project at hexagonproject.org. Beth Burkhauser is chair of the Interdependence Hexagon Project, and is adjunct instructor of art education at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pennsylvania. bburkhauser@ msn.com The Hexagon Project Beth Burkhauser Page sponsored by: 34

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