World Hunger Exhibit

Changing the world through participatory aesthetics

January through April, 2017 – Grand Rapids Public Museum School

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa

Artist Statement

Healing in Arts is about learning to serve individuals and communities through relational aesthetics. Throughout the Spring, 2017, twelve-week course, I helped guide Grand Rapids Public Museum School students through the art-making process by creating an ArtPrize mock-up exhibit. Students chose the topic, gathered supplies, created the work, and collected donations to benefit local children experiencing hunger.

Our class discussions included world hunger in places like Asia, Africa, and North America. Several weeks into the class one student's comment made me smile: “Wow, artists have to work really hard.” Yes, it is very challenging to create meaningful work that will touch hearts and offer hope and healing to those in need. But, throughout the participatory process, students learned important lessons on how art can be a powerful tool to promote positive outcomes. Artists can even be culture-changers and influence the world—one person at a time.

Students create World Hunger exhibit

Students create World Hunger exhibit

Students create posters and collected donations for “Kids Food Basket” to benefit hungry children in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Students created posters and collected donations for “Kids Food Basket” to benefit hungry children in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Public Museum School's Lyceum program supports the integration of academic learning and student-directed meaningful experiences. Lyceum students had the privilege of walking through the steps of art making with ArtPrize artist Pamela Alderman. The middle school students collected household items to create a mock-up exhibit on world hunger and helped shoot a short video documenting the learning process. Alderman's creative talent and passion inspired students to serve others through interactive healing art. Her Lyceum class was a powerful learning experience for students who participated.

Christopher Hanks
Principal, Grand Rapids Public Museum School
Grand Rapids Public Schools

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