Giving Back

To help students understand the impact of their actions as well as the power of art, grades 9 through 11 are exploring the theme of Giving Back throughout the month of December.  Before they begin their holiday break, students will be looking for ways to use art to benefit others.

Each class will be working together to think of individuals or groups that can benefit from their help, and the focus will be on members of our local communities.

Students need to understand that they have the ability to make a difference, so we have been trying to understand how our actions can help us take a stand against our fear of trying new things.  By contributing, we show others that we can work together and share common concerns rather than holding back because we're not sure how others may judge us.

These studies align very well with our curriculum, which promotes connections between art production and social values:  [students will] " demonstrate an understanding of how art works reflect the society in which they were created, and of how they can affect both social and personal values". (Ontario Arts Curriculum)

We will be examining the work of a variety of artists (such as Callie Curry, profiled in the video above) who use their art to benefit others.  Look through *this Pinterest board* if you would like to browse through the work of other artists we'll discover this month.

Related link:  "Give 4 Christmas Challenge"



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