Exhibit Kicks off Interdependence Day Observances

Exhibit kicks off Interdependence Day observances
By Josh McAuliffe (STAFF WRITER)
Published: September 1, 2011

First Friday will again serve as the kickoff for the Interdependence Day Hexagon Project exhibit, which begins its fifth year Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtWorks Art Gallery, 503 Lackawanna Ave.

The free exhibit, a warm-up for the Sept. 12 local observance of Interdependence Day 2011, features dozens of hexagons made in various media by junior high and high school students on the local, national and international levels.

Highlights of the exhibit, which uses art to convey Interdependence Day’s focus on global unity and tolerance in a post-9/11 world, will include a station where visitors can make their own hexagons, and a PowerPoint presentation on a collaborative art project between students from Scranton’s Howard Gardner School for Discovery and a school in Haiti.

Live music will be provided by a group of local Nepalese immigrants, and there will be an installation featuring the “hexagon house” banks created by students in art teacher Sarrah Dibble’s class at Blue Ridge Middle School. The houses were distributed to businesses throughout the district, and donations collected by them were given to a program that provides heat to low-income families.

“This project shows that students can be social activists,” said Hexagon Project chair Beth Burkhauser. “That is the essence of what interdependence is all about.”

Ms. Dibble and her students will receive the Hexagon Project’s Community Partnership Award at a special Student Recognition event to be held Sunday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gallery. Awards will be presented to students with the most creative, most relevant and best overall hexagon. The festivities will also include a visit by a group of educators from a school in Butwal, Nepal, which Ms. Burkhauser visited nearly two years ago.

Contact the writer: jmcauliffe@timesshamrock.com

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