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October 2015

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F O C U S I N The Unsung Heroes Art Program PAGE SPONSORED BY: C an you stand up for what's right, even when it's not easy or popular? Do you respect differences and reach out to help others? How do your actions impact the lives of others? Imagine integrating such questions into a student-led, cross-disciplinary art curriculum. Picture encouraging students to communicate the actions of positive role models, and teaching universal values such as compassion, courage, and conviction. Look no further than the Unsung Heroes Art Program for K–12 students. Honoring Legacies The Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes works with students and educators to creatively celebrate individuals who profoundly and posi- tively impacted history, yet remain largely unknown. Individuals such as Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker who day-after-day risked her life to save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust; or Ken Reinhardt, who endured violence and bullying for his kindness towards the nine African-American students attempt- ing to integrate into his Little Rock high school at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. The Unsung Heroes Art Program gives students an opportunity to generate unique, creative interpretations that honor the legacies of such individuals. A Holistic Learning Experience Participating students draw connec- tions between the universal values represented by Unsung Heroes and the impact of their own actions on the lives of others. This style of learn- ing fosters meaningful peer-to-peer communication, community and civic engagement, and possibilities for innovative interdisciplinary col- laboration. Transcending the artroom walls, students become responsible for shar- ing an untold story with the world and inspiring the hero within every- one. This gives them ownership over their learning. International Art Competition The Unsung Heroes Art Competi- tion—with its grand prize of $7,500— is open to students in the United States and internationally in grades 6 –12. Eligible students are invited to submit high-quality art projects inter- preting an unsung hero's character and actions in the following two cate- gories: (1) Celebrating Unsung Heroes and (2) Discovering Unsung Heroes. Winning pieces will be displayed temporarily at LMC's state-of-the-art exhibition hall in Fort Scott, Kansas, and given full consideration for dis- play in a permanent collection. You can access LMC's free down- loadable lesson at the Web link below. The activities in the lesson plan ful- fill multiple parts of the National Art Standards, which are color-coded for easy reference. The experience will change the lives of your students— and yours as an educator. Sonia Lowman is the director of commu- nications and partnerships for the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes. slowman@lowellmilkencenter.org W E B L I N K www.LowellMilkenCenter.org/art- competition Sonia Lowman Students creativel celebrate individuals who profoundl and positivel impacted histor , t remain largel unknown. 40 OCTOBER 2015 SchoolArts

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