Nine Atlanta schools will display student-produced artwork advocating diversity along with professional artwork at the “Students Draw the Line Against Prejudice” exhibit starting Jan. 17 at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. The exhibit, sponsored by Embracing Differences, will feature 27 works of art from elementary, middle and high school students at both public and private schools.
The artwork will illustrate the evils of prejudice and promote tolerance and acceptance in schools and society. Student art will be judged by Catherine Fox (visual arts critic for ArtsCriticATL.com, Lloyd Nick (director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art) and Anne Lambert Tracht (Consult Art, Inc.).
“We want to give these students the opportunity to express themselves in a positive way towards something as important as promoting diversity and acceptance,” said Candace Kaspers, Ph.D., president of Embracing Differences.
The event will kick off with a gala celebration on Jan. 22, 2011, including an auction of the students’ art as well as works by local professionals and a celebrity signature auction. Emily Rafferty, president of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, will be on hand to open the celebration. “Students Draw the Line Against Prejudice” will run through Feb.13, 2011. The Oglethorpe Museum of Art 4484 Peachtree Rd. N.E.) will be open to the public Tuesday-Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free. More details of the art show and gala can be found at http://embracingdifferences.org.
Embracing Differences is a nonprofit organization composed of a diverse group of art patrons and community advocates dedicated to presenting the most dynamic, single theme public art exhibit for adults and students in Atlanta’s history. The organization educates and inspires people of all ages to consider ways to embrace the differences among their neighbors, coworkers and classmates.
The participating schools and their art teachers:
Drew Charter School (Nicole Bonnadonna)
Hope-Hill Elementary (Patricia Jackson, and Ebony Gamble, partnership coordinator)
International Community School (Amy Bitcover)
The Westminster Schools (Mary Cobb)
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Rodney Tisdale)
Jean Childs Young Middle School (Joseph N. Davis Jr.)
Carver School of the Arts (Felicia Coleman)
South Atlanta Computer Animation & Design (Courtney Bryant and Tokie Rome)
The Weber High School (Amber Singleton)