SchoolArts Magazine

October 2016

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PAGE SPONSORED BY: Beth Burkhauser The Hexagon Project F O C U S I N 18 OCTOBER 2016 SchoolArts inventive ways. • Commonalities are celebrated and d ifferences are respected through art. • Solutions to social, political, and environmental issues that impact us are visualized, and, in some instances, realized. The Future of Hexagon For 2017, we will have our new optional theme revealed by press time on our updated website, Hexagonpro- Teachers can view and upload student images on Artsonia in 2016 and 2017. (See Web Links.) We also invite animation and video uploading through our collaboration with the Netherlands at Bakabaka Design. Thanks to Vincent van der Vliet, Photoshop instructions for cre- ating animated hexagons that carry messages and themes are now down- loadable from our website. We are continually excited to see teachers who understand the need to give students a voice about real-world issues and incorporate the Hexagon Project into their curriculum. It natu- rally embraces twenty-first century skills of empathy and collaboration, and encompasses all next-generation visual art standards, especially Con- necting. We invite you to become an interdependent and join us for our second decade. Beth Burkhauser is adjunct instructor in art education at Keystone College, LaPlume, PA and 2016 NAEA Educator Emeritus. bburkhauser@ W E B L I N K project T his year marks ten years that the Hexagon Project has been building a social justice art education opportunity for teachers, young people, and commu- nities worldwide—all through the use of a small yet challenging download- able tessellating hexagon template, a metaphor for interdependence. A Catalyst for Change The Hexagon Project is based upon the belief that the arts can be a vehi- cle of action and catalyst for change. In our September 2016 International Hexagon Project Exhibition, we added 1,000 hexagons, making 8,000 since 2006. The outcomes of ten years are many: • Hundreds of teachers have become facilitators of social justice-oriented lessons that share a commitment to creating art that "draws attentio n t o, mobilizes action towards, and attempts to intervene in systems o f inequality or injustice." • T housands of young people world- wide have had opportunities to explore real-world themes, issues, and ideas within schools and com- munities. • T hrough creative thinking and self-selected, directed research, hundreds of people have taken a stand and made art about their beliefs and understandings. Changes of attitudes and action have occurred both in creators and viewers. • The Hexagon Project is a design education challenge for teachers and students, with its limited for- mat yet open-ended themes. • Hexagons visually connect and document young artists' ideas and their art from Europe, Japan, Nepal, Australia, Rwanda, Cam- eroon, Haiti, the Philippines, Jamaica, and across the United States and Canada in unique and The Hexagon Project is based upon the belief that the arts can be a vehicle of action and catal st for change.

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