Civic Engagement

The Agents of Change go out into the surrounding community  to communicate  their initiative, invite community members to participate in the art making projects and to learn more about the members of the community.

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Civic Engagement--Identity in a Jar

Making Art while engaging with the community:

 

The Agents of Change aim to make art while engaging with the community to promote a sense of belonging. 

 

An example of an activity is "Identity in a Jar". 

Through conversations the Agents of Change decided they wanted to engage the community in making an art installation that would be permanent and ongoing.  They brainstormed how they could define their community through engaging them in art making and decided on a jar filled with objects that identified each community member.  They began with creating a jar themselves and invited the school community and surrounding community to participate.  

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Deborah S. (Student-6th Grade)

Deborah S. (Student-6th Grade)

"I put a figure skate lace and clip, because I am a figure skater."

Blaine W. (Parent)

Blaine W. (Parent)

"These home repair and decorative items describe me because I like to be handy and add the "finishing" touches." Blaine W. (Parent)

Ginevra K. (Student-4th Grade)

Ginevra K. (Student-4th Grade)

"Leotard--I do gymnastics five days a week."

Isabella M. (Student 2nd Grade)

Isabella M. (Student 2nd Grade)

"I chose rubs and spices because I like to cook."

Thomas K. (student 5th grade)

Thomas K. (student 5th grade)

"Eraser--It shows I am creative and learn from my mistakes."

Henry G. (student 1st grade)

Henry G. (student 1st grade)

"Video game controller--It represents that I like video games."

Ben P. (student 2nd grade)

Ben P. (student 2nd grade)

"I am a hockey player, I love legos, I have a ton of army guys, I love candy."

Jorge Ortiz (police officer)

Jorge Ortiz (police officer)

"My objects are BANDAGES. I am a a Chicago Policeman and help many people. Sometimes I need bandages for injuries and sometime I need to help people for emotional situations."

Revy S. (student 3rd grade)

Revy S. (student 3rd grade)

"This syringe is special to me because I get infused every three days. I have Hemophilia and the syringe helps me stay alive and healthy."

Domalik Family

Domalik Family

"This jar represents our culture, favorite foods and things we like."

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Identity In A Jar Installation

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Community Rock Garden

During conversations the Agents of Change focused on the idea that everyone has a story to tell and inquiring about peoples stories could promote a sense of belonging.  They conversed about "access" and discussed access to materials to make art. The Agents of Change wanted to create art work with their community that included a material that everyone had access to.  The Agents of Change planned the Community Rock Garden installation.

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Tabiola V. (Parent)

Tabiola V. (Parent)

"This rock is important to me because my son Daniel V. gave it to me the last day of class of Pre-K. it says 'mom-love you-2010" and he wrote that on the rock."

Grace S. (5th Grade)

Grace S. (5th Grade)

"This rock is from my grandmother who collected it and polished it herself. She found it at Lake Michigan on the beach when I was younger and we were all there together as a family. We all collected rocks and lake Michigan is my grandma's most favorite place to be in the whole world. My brain, heart and soul is always with my family and Lake Michigan is also one of my most favorite places to be in the world."

Yatziry B (4th Grade)

Yatziry B (4th Grade)

"This rock was from 2014 and I found it at the Michigan Lake in Michigan. The first time I went to a cottage for summer vacation with my cousins but without my parents. One day when I went down to the beach, there were some cool rocks in there so me and my sister went to the water and we got about 18 rocks. Until I felt something big on my foot I reached down and I ended up getting a big, jumbo rock, I showed it to my sister and she was so surprised."

Nadar A. (4th Grade)

Nadar A. (4th Grade)

"This rock is important to me because it reminds me of my lovely trip with my family to Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. It holds the joy and love I experienced with my family."

Revy S. (4th Grade)

Revy S. (4th Grade)

"This rock is special to me because my dad picked it up in Mexico when I was learning to dive to the bottom of the pool. My dad would throw it to the bottom of the pool, I would go get it. This helped me become a more confident swimmer. Whenever I look at this rock, I think about how much it helped me swim."

Michael P. (5th Grade)

Michael P. (5th Grade)

"This stone is special because it is my mom's birth stone."

Dima A. (Parent)

Dima A. (Parent)

This rock is one among hundreds that lay in front of our house. It may appear to be an inanimate object, but it stores many significant memories. This rock was a witness to so many events in my children's lives. From the moment they took their first steps, learned to ride a bike, built snowmen in winter and enjoyed water slides in the hot summer. It experienced all the good times and the bad times with every other member of my family. That's why it is important to me."

Zoe V. (3rd Grade)

Zoe V. (3rd Grade)

"My rock is important because it reminds me of my house and my house has my family. This rock was part of my backyard garden where I plant cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes that I harvest and share with my family and friends."

R.S. (Parent)

R.S. (Parent)

"This is one of the rocks that sits on my kitchen windowsill. Every time I look at this rock I am in awe of how many wonderful, natural materials that makes up our earth. It reminds me to do my part, like recycle, to help keep our earth clean and how precious and mysterious our beautiful world is."

Deagan K. (4th Grade)

Deagan K. (4th Grade)

"This rock is like life because life can be rough sometimes. It is important because I found it at school that's where I spend most of my time learning."

Mike S. (Parent)

Mike S. (Parent)

"This rock is from our old sidewalk which was demolished. A new sidewalk was built in its place. This rock is special because it represents making our house a better place to live!"

Emily C. (5th grade student)

Emily C. (5th grade student)

I found this rock at Brookfield Zoo. It is important to me because when I found it me and my family had just finished decorating a Christmas tree for my grandpa because he had just fought prostate cancer and won!"

Ian T. (3rd Grade)

Ian T. (3rd Grade)

"This rock is special to me because my brother has a half and I have a half and together we make a pair."

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