West Scranton High School art majors created paintings about identity. We defined identity as the way we see ourselves and the way we express ourselves. We began by recognizing things that play a role in defining identity; such as the factors we are born with, including ethnicity, sex, the body. We focused on things that change over time; such as the influence of experiences and how events may change the way we see ourselves and how others perceive us. We talked about the role of identity and how it influences the decisions we make such as choosing friends, fashion or style, and political beliefs, for example.
To begin with, students wrote a word or phrase describing elements of their own identity on index cards. The cards were displayed and we connected by adding dot stickers to any cards that kids related to beyond their own. The results were surprising and sometimes upsetting.
At the Garden, in addition to displaying the student work, viewers will be welcome to add dot stickers to relatable concepts.
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