About Poetry & Art: Cementing a Bond
Using self-portraiture and reflection poems to link Syrian refugee children in Jordan and rural children in Northwest Washington cements relationships among our local and global community. By doing this, we reflect on ourselves to create a visual, self-portrait using our poems to "Color" our face. The poems/portraits are used for an outdoor exhibition of up to 100 student pieces printed on 3'X4' banners on display in Mount Vernon, WA, LaConner, WA and Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan as a self-declaration and to share ourselves with the community.
Our desired impact of this project is to forge greater intellectual understanding between pockets of populations within the Skagit Valley community and youth in Jordan. The impact is achieved through the process of sharing our art projects with one another, discovering commonalities and celebrating cultural differences through poetry and art; cementing the bond between cultures.
Generally, Voices of the Children prefers to work with small, targeted numbers of youth. The scope of this project, however, is far greater than any we've done previously with a large number of youth involved. We have Syrian and Jordanian, Latino and non-Latino, elementary and high school age as well as many other population groups represented.
Burlington-Edison - 3rd Grade Classes
YMCA OASIS Teen Shelter - High School Students
Anacortes High School AVID Students
United Farmworker's Association - MS Students
Norwegian Refugee Council - Middle School Students
Norwegian Refugee Council - Young Adults
Mount Vernon, WA
Mount Vernon, WA
Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan
160 - 240 Students
10 - 20 Students
20 - 30 Students
10 - 15 Students
220 - 305 TOTAL Students!