Students' Art Installations Demonstrate Plight of Girls' Education Worldwide
Global Citizens Program students and Art students have installed their final artwork in the Middle & Upper School building as part of Ranney's 2016-17 Peace & Justice Project. Throughout the fall and early winter, students collaborated on this cross-disciplinary project to raise awareness of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #16, Global Peace and Justice.
Building on the Upper School's 2015-16 SDG partnership with the UN and Monmouth University, this project focused on the discrepancies in access to education that girls face throughout the world. Advised by Visual Arts Chair Kate Greenberg and Global Citizens/History Department Chair Noel Delgado, students worked together to research, craft, and present to the school community a variety of projects that raise awareness of this key global challenge.
The resulting artwork includes:
A mobile by Grace Cornell, Jacqueline Erler, Alexandra Greenberg, Anisha Gupta, Anjali Mann, and Alec Taffin. Read their Artist Statement.
Signage by Katherine Bibilouri, Kayla Conley, Olivia Metzger, and Veronica Shaw.
In this video (Phase III), the students explain the thought process behind their art installations, which are now on display in the lobby of the Middle/Upper School building and in the Student Center. Phase I of the project included brainstorming and Phase II involved Upper School photography students who, under the direction of Art Teacher Andrew Sullivan, discussed and created images that express their visions of peace.
The group will focus on human rights in the second quarter of the school year, with special attention paid to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Students are holding a winter coat drive this week (Jan. 9-13) in support of refugees currently living in northern Greece.