Community and School Programs

Interactive and Collaborative

Known for her interactive art pieces, Pamela offers students of all ages an unique participatory experience. We are grateful that 335,000 individuals have personally engaged with Pamela's collaborative work over the last decade. The following programs on bullying and school violence prevention, and healing our broken world, or sex trafficking awareness can be adapted to fit your specific group needs.

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Broken Wings: The Butterfly Effect and Resilient Wings

Preschool and Elementary

Elementary students participate in healing art by crafting butterflies

School students participate in healing art by crafting butterflies

Broken Wings uses butterflies to foster healing discussions around the topics of bullying and school shootings. Through engaging art, students learn that Monarch butterflies are fragile, but they must also be strong and resilient. Every year the butterflies embark on a dangerous flight from Canada to Mexico. The resources that they so desperately need to survive are not always available, yet many push through and find ways to thrive.

Like the butterflies, our children can be taught to grow resilient wings when dealing with unkind behavior. They can learn to overcome adversity. Broken Wings, an interactive art presentation, encouraging students to overcome bullying through emotional strength and positive choices. The work encourages kids to solve their own social problems and to diffuse negativity through the Butterfly Effect of kindness.

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Pamela sharing Broken Wings artwork as a school project Pamela sharing Broken Wings artwork as a school project
The presentation by Ms. Alderman in front of her Broken Wings ArtPrize piece did a beautiful job in supporting our efforts as a class to THINK before you speak or act. The opportunity to become part of the art piece was powerful for many of my fourth grade students. Thank you for the chance to become part of ArtPrize in such a meaningful way!

Maureen Kaczanowski
Southwood Elementary School

Pamela spoke with my university psychology majors, demonstrating such passion for the hurting and broken parts of all human beings, as embodied in her ArtPrize work, Broken Wings. Sometimes, when hurts cut deep, mere words don't suffice but colors, shapes, and artistic images provide a way to express those deepest experiences and hurts and move us a bit toward healing. Pamela powerfully uses creative ways of engaging people to focus on love, grace, kindness, and the common threads of the human experience. My college students and I were very inspired by Pamela as she lives out what it means to love, inspire, and transform pain into opportunities for growth and wellness. Pamela's creativity and social justice perspective call each and every one of us to seek and find our part in the individual and collective healing.

Dr. Nicole McDonald
Professor of Psychology
Cornerstone University, Child and Adolescent Services/Psychology Program

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Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind: Treat Everyone Like a Friend

Elementary and Middle School

Elementary students participate in healing art by creating kindness promises on paper fish

School students participate in healing art by creating kindness promises on paper fish

Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind presentation, film, and engaging artwork travels to schools and community centers with the healing message of coloring our world orange. The work helps facilitate a conversation around bullying and the Golden Rule.

During Pamela's inspirational presentations, kids pump their fists and chant “Oh yeah” every time she said, “Let's color our world with kindness” or “Treat everyone like a friend.” Children also are invited to respond by writing kindness promises on paper fish. If we choose to treat everyone like a friend, then, like the koi fish, we are swimming upstream—we're doing something good and something different from the rest.

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Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind traveling to schools Color Me Orange—Color Me Kind traveling to schools

Children write their own promises to live by the Golden Rule.

It's amazing how Pamela's presentation made such an impression with even our youngest students. I heard stories from parents about how their children were talking about kindness and how you should be kind especially to your “enemies” or those you don't like. The interactive piece of Pamela's presentation seemed to make the message “stick,” which is just what we wanted as we try to build healthy school relationships.

Deborah Guess, M.S.Ed.
Taylor Elementary School

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Open Hands: Healing Our Broken World

Elementary and Middle School

Elementary students in Denver doing hand trace drawings

Elementary students in Denver doing hand trace drawings

Open Hands, a PowerPoint presentation with an interactive follow-up exercise, challenges students to make positive choices and rethink their responsibilities as global citizens. During the presentation, students learn about a refugee named Babette, who is also a fictional character. Babette's social status changes after she wins the lottery. Instead of choosing a new life of luxury, Babette gives away the entire jackpot to her community through the gift of hospitality.

Babette's example gives students a chance to think about what they would do if they won the lottery or what they can do with their current resources. Would they buy the next iPhone or generously help someone in need? Following the presentation, students engage in a collaborative art project in response to this question: How can you help fix our broken world?

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Elementary students in Denver doing hand trace drawings Elementary students in Denver doing hand trace drawings

Elementary students in Denver doing hand trace drawings

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The Scarlet Cord: Sex Trafficking Awareness and Healing

High School and College

College students participating in creating The Scarlet Web

College students participating in creating The Scarlet Web

The Scarlet Cord presentation—comprised of a film, gallery collection, and interactive exhibit—is designed to raise awareness and inspire healing for sexual abuse survivors or those negatively impacted by the commercial sex industry. The Scarlet Cord pop-up exhibit contains an abstract painting series portraying the victims' voices that have been interpreted from audio sound waves to 2D paintings.

This series is part of a twenty-five piece gallery collection. In addition, 3D optional responsive pieces, Life Words or The Scarlet Web, invite an interactive collaboration between artist and visitors. These engaging works let others speak and respond. The multi-dimensional modular components, or a special custom work created especially for your event, fit into open or closed spaces. Pamela also has coached high school and college students in creating their own unique projects.

The Scarlet Cord successfully partnered with Women at Risk International during ArtPrize 2014 and StreetLightUSA in Phoenix during Pro Bowl and Super Bowl 2015, and with Miss Michigan in 2018.

Contact Pamela to schedule her presentation, film, gallery exhibit, or an interactive work for your next event.

Pamela at Acton Institute in Grand Rapids Life Words

Pamela speaking on sex trafficking at Acton Institute • Life Words responsive art for The Scarlet Cord

Pamela put together a powerful program at GVSU. Her exhibit was evocative and emotional, and the event she coordinated brought home the reality of sex trafficking with people who have experienced first-hand the terrible frequency of it in West Michigan. Overall, though, the message was one of hope—the hope that those trafficked can heal, the hope that our actions can mitigate this scourge, and the hope that humanity can triumph over evil.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain
Director, Frederik Meijer Honors College
Grand Valley State University

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