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March 14, 2006 > Emerging Brilliance and Beauty

Emerging Brilliance and Beauty

by Arathi Satish

Emerging Brilliance and Beauty, an art exhibit, by the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) art students brings to light the awesome potential of local talent. The exhibit celebrates the annual K-12 visual arts display featuring artwork from schools throughout the entire district. Display includes paintings, drawings, mixed media collages and photography that illustrate the imagination as well as the passionate commitment of FUSD art students.

March is a very important month for art. The Alameda County Office of Education Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership sponsors its seventh Annual Art is Education month to highlight the connection between the arts and student learning. A series of events are held throughout the month of March in Alameda County. "Art makes learning visible by providing a window into what a child knows," says Sheila Jordan, Superintendent of County Schools. Visual art exhibits, live theatre performances, music and dance and classroom demonstrations are held in order to deliver high quality education for every child, in every school, every day through the arts. March is also National Arts Education month, highlighting the national effort to position the arts as a strategy for school reform that engages the whole child, opening pathways to learning.

The artworks of Fremont junior and senior high school students are displayed in the Fremont Unified School District Office. As one enters the lobby, a colorful set of dolls dressed in various costumes depicting different cultures in bright colors are displayed beneath colorful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. This set of dolls, created by students of Hopkins Junior High School, sets the tone for the exhibit. There is also a display of smaller dolls in different costumes. Each doll is unique in its own way. According to Susan Manbeian, art teacher at Hopkins Jr. High School and Chair of Fremont Unified School District's Art Team, the concept for the sculpture came from the Hal Booth Memorial grant promoting peace and tolerance that they received this year and also this year's 50th celebration of the formation of Fremont.

The next set of displays includes artwork depicting the theme "Fremont, Past, Present and Future." Art pieces celebrate Fremont's 50th Anniversary. Paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media collages highlight the talent of young student artists. Whether it is the display of digital photography or creative pieces of ceramics, the exhibit has to be seen to be appreciated.

It is obvious that art students have put in a lot of thought and work into this project. Susan Manbeian said, "My year long art class creates a public sculpture every year that promotes a consciousness raising thought. This year they researched the background of different ethnic groups that have come to live in Fremont over the past fifty years. Each student made a 15 inch doll depicting an ethnic group, and then students divided into teams, each group picking one ethnic group to create a larger-than-life sculpture around this same theme of people from many backgrounds coming to live in Fremont in peace and harmony."

It is interesting to know that Mrs. Winget's seventh grade English class in the same school reflected on the sculptures and wrote poetry on the same theme titled "Foot Prints of Fremont." Samples of the poetry written are:

Like a flower in Japan,
Fremont is a land in which prosperity and beauty bloom
With open doors it greets its people of cultures from far and wide.
It fills me with pride to think of it as my home, sweet home.
by Indu Subbaraj

Across the Atlantic Ocean I came for
Freedom. Now in Fremont I smile to see this beautiful world of diversity.
by Indu Subbaraj

Foot prints...................
I left home to find my fortune.
I found no gold, but I still found treasure in the city of Fremont
I discovered, a place where people from all over the world, can love in harmony.
by Ariri Wreis

Foot Print..................
As I walked through the streets
Chinese brush in one hand and English literature book in another
I notice faces like me all from different ethnic backgrounds living together in unity.
by Elaine Kuo

Maureen Addiego of Cabrillo Elementary School who has displayed the artwork of her students has aptly pointed out the art learning process by saying, "I emphasized the use of all the tools and demonstrated the project, which they proceeded to do themselves. Many opted to do just as I directed, but others chose to add their own ideas and style which was encouraged from the beginning."

The exhibit includes more than a couple of hundred pieces and there is art on every wall you see in the lobby and hallway of the Education Center. In order to see and appreciate the emerging work of our Fremont students, viewing of the exhibit is highly recommended.

Emerging Brilliance and Beauty
Fremont Unified School District Office
4210 Technology Drive, Fremont
510-657-2350 or visit

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