Memorial Art, Writing, and Intercultural Education
Public works of memorial art shed light on the complexities of the human experience. Memorials are places where people gather to reflect, commemorate, and grieve. From memorial art, students learn diverse perspectives of history and culture. Interdisciplinary, creative projects on memorials, which require the transfer of knowledge, engage students in the process of historical inquiry. Through lectures, independent research, and museum experiences, this project will engage Detroit high school students in examinations of conflict and courage. The students will design memorial paintings, mosaics, and sculptures for installations at their school and the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. Through the visual and literary arts, the students will raise awareness of the vital importance of intercultural understanding and respect.
Video of artwork created by students at the Douglass Academy for Young Men in Detroit, Michigan