In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the GSSM Committee for Inclusive Excellence hosted a Creative Expression Contest. Students, faculty, and staff voted for the creative work they felt best celebrates Dr. King's life and legacy.
Congratulations to Abigail Bailey, artist of the winning submission!
Black and White
Artist Statement: I wanted to show the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s work in a black and white piece, since so many people at the time were caught in that sort of mindset. It was always them vs us, us vs them, black vs white, white vs black, but at the end of the day, we all bleed the same. (I also don't own the rights to any of these images and the speech is Dr. King's "I Have a Dream")
Thank you to all who submitted their creative works. We appreciate you celebrating Dr. King with your creativity!
Artist Statement: As faculty, staff, students, friends, and family it is important to remember that quality time with others is the most meaningful and precious gift.
Artist Statement: The fist is a classic symbol of the BLM (black lives matter) movement. I put quotes from MLK lining the fist to show that he, among others, fuel the movement.
Do you remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?
Artist Statement: My submission is a free-style poem about the things that MLK did to protest against discrimination. The title is a question to the reader and the poem is a list of things that MLK did to remind the reader.
Legacy of Freedom
Artist Statement: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived out the values he espoused, and they strengthened him in his fight for right. This planter box is covered in some of these values, which embody Dr. King's legacy for me, and the flowers and greenery spilling forth from it represent the freedom for which he gave his life.
Light and Love
Artist Statement: Light and love make the school, community and world a better place.
Artist Statement: No matter what stage of life you are in, what challenge you may face, or what triumph you achieve; keep moving forward.
Artist Statement: I want this poem to connect suppression and abuse and make awareness for the similarity of situations that must improve. This was written from a place of empathy, and that is what I wish for it to inspire. If this poem speaks to a certain situation for you, that is what it is about.
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Artist Statement: These are short poems about MLK written in toki pona by the toki pona interim course.
There Comes A Time
Artist Statement: Much of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work was convincing people that the time to fight for their rights was that very moment. The way he convinced them, alternately giving voice to their frustrations and envisioning a hopeful future, is paired with the urgency of his message in this clock, which portrays my interpretations of some passages from Dr. King's speeches, sermons, and letters.
Artist Statement: Everyone has a story, a history. We can learn, understand, and support one another as we journey through the shared experience at GSSM.
Artist Statement: This image represents elements of true education. At GSSM, we strive to provide true education to all students.