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March 7, 2017 > Students explore Identity through art

Students explore Identity through art

Submitted By Mt. Eden High School

The Community Gallery of the Hayward Area Historical Society Museum of History and Culture hosts ÒIdentity,Ó an exhibit by Hayward students, opening March 11.

This art show is a chance for young artists to express who they are. Some of the aspects of their identity that are investigated include likes/dislikes, connections, places they have traveled, how they dress, the type of music they like, and how they interact with others, or their identity within. Other artists look at aspects of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, politics, worldview, personality, individual characteristics, what they have in common, and how they differ.

Featuring art from Hayward, Tennyson, Brenkwitz, and Mt. Eden high school students, ÒIdentityÓ will include photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculpture, about 80 pieces in total.

"This Identity art exhibition is an important outlet for our art students to express who they are and what they're feeling in a time when our immigration system has been taking steps backwards from the steps put forward by the Obama Administration. For example, it is still up in the air as to what Trump will decide to do with so-called ÔDreamersÕ (our young people brought to the country illegally as children); they still have protection under Obama, but that could change any day now," says Hayward High art educator Andrew Kong Knight.

"Students are dealing with many changes in the current political climate. From transgender rights to the attack on immigrants, many of us in this community feel that our values are being attacked. Art is a great way to show that differences make us stronger. This show will be a chance for students to express their identity and themselves," says Mt. Eden High School art educator Geoff Landreau.

Saturday, Mar 11 Ð Sunday, Apr 16
Wednesday Ð Sunday, 10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
HAHS Museum of History and Culture
22380 Foothill Blvd, Hayward
(510) 581-0223
Admission: $5 adults, $3 students/seniors (65+), kids 4 and under free

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