Monday, May 27, 2013

A Night of Poetry and Art at the Collection Gallery

Aurora, CO: On Tuesday, May 28th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. New America High School students will be exhibiting original photography at the Collection Gallery and poetry across the street in Fletcher Plaza. The exhibit is the culminating event of a project that encouraged students to explore how peoples’ perspectives shape their interpretation of events. Students explored events of both historical and personal significance.

     To kick off the night’s festivities, students will present their original work during an outdoor open mic. The students’ writing explores various topics related to the Civil Rights Movement. Each student researched a historical event and wrote about the event from three different perspectives. As they explored the various perspectives through which Americans viewed, and continue to view, issues of race and discrimination, students encountered many strong emotions. They found that honestly exploring these issues is often uncomfortable and controversial. By dissecting the reality of racism in American history, students began the process of facing our history and becoming agents for change in the present.
     Students were also charged with exploring a modern day topic, which they find important and interesting. Each individual chose a unique topic and has created a photo essay that communicates his or her own perspective of this topic. Students were challenged to use everyday technology to capture their photos, including cell phones and low-tech digital cameras. By doing so, students have explored the ways low cost consumer technology can be used to create compelling pieces of art.
     The New America School is a system of publicly funded charter high schools. The mission of The New America School is to empower new immigrants, English language learners, and academically under-served students with the educational tools and support they need to maximize their potential, succeed and live the American dream.
     If you would like more information on this event or New America High School, please contact Diana Myers at or 720-261-7543.

The Collection Gallery: 9801 E Colfax Ave, #120 Aurora CO 80010
Fletcher Plaza: 9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora CO 80010

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